New Ideas for Small Spaces

At a recent conference, international architects explained their ideas for designing and planning compact, shared, and flexible housing to meet the needs of today's households.

Tomoyuki Utsumi of Milligram Architectural Studio in Tokyo presented his experience in creating homes in Japan:

"A house, he noted, is no longer exclusively a home: changes in the nature of work have created the need for houses to accommodate offices, while owner-occupiers of small-scale multi-family apartment buildings often have space requirements that change over time. Utsumi showed examples of the use of cloth to divide space, apartment buildings where a household can easily grow to absorb more units, and even a building where the entire interior structure was mobile."

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