Architect Kunihiko Nakama was accustomed to the spatial challenges inherent to building in the hyper-dense metropolis of Tokyo. But his brief for the Kiyono restaurant in the western area of Kodaira added a few additional twists to tiny home construction. A miniscule, triangular plot, made all the more taxing due to the adjacent train tracks, needed to support a renovated restaurant as well as two residences for the owners and their family. His solution, which resembles a "slice of tofu," was a tight stack of different layers, which used material variations, such as light wood for the ground floor, to separate home from business and add lightness to an otherwise cramped environment. Large windows on the roof of the doorstop-shaped dwelling helps direct natural light into the top floor, while an extra thick wall muffles the rumbling of nearby trains. It's normally an accomplishment to fit a sizable kitchen into a kyosho jutaku; adding a whole restaurant is an impressive use of space.
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