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Small House Design Lab created an interesting small house in Japan by seemingly slamming architectural elements together.

Dave Pinter
Dave Pinter on December 27, 2010. @DavePinter

A house with a footprint of less than a thousand square feet wouldn’t appear to have that much space available for an architect to design. Hiroshima based Small House Design Lab faced this challenge and recently completed a house in near their office in Nakanohigashi with a very distinctive exterior. The main living spaces of the house are fairly traditional looking pitched roof structures. What makes the house distinctive is a monumental looking slab that connects the structures together and forms a roof over the entrance. Set at different angles from each other, the structures seemingly shouldn’t work together but somehow do. The familiar pitched roof is visible in the interior and the architects brought some of the same tone inside with the use of raw OSB (oriented strain board) cladding the stairs. OSB is commonly used as a base material on the roofs of homes and is made from scraps of wood fused together.

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