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Japanese Apartment Complex Designed Just For Bikers

A rental apartment complex in Japan has been built specifically for motorcycle enthusiasts.

Nestor Bailly, PSFK
Nestor Bailly, PSFK on June 8, 2012. @NKBailly

Japanese architects Yuji NakaeAkiyoshi Takagi and Hiroshi Ohno teamed up to build a unique apartment building that caters to the needs of motorcyclists. Each unit has its own small garage that doubles as the front door, and the inner space is gently curved to make turns easier.

Located in Suginami-ku, Tokyo, the complex has three floors with eight apartment units that total just under 300 square meters. Built in the space of a narrow alley, the designers cleverly used a circular shape to maximize the surface area for multiple entrances in small space.

The walls between each apartment unit are arranged radially, and the outer wall curved, so no interior room makes a sharp corner.

The complex was designed to maximize the utility of a tiny amount of space for a specific type of tenant. As urban areas become more cluttered and crowded, and people are forced to make due with less living space, designs such as this will become increasingly popular with folks who want to live with like-minded people.

See the gallery below for more images of the apartment complex.

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