Click to viewTiny houses are not uncommon, especially in Tokyo. But Fuyuhito Moriya's three-story pad (which he bravely shares with his mother) is among the most impressive I've ever seen. It sits atop a single parking space.


When Fuyuhito Moriya, 39, purchased his 30 square meter plot of land in Tokyo, it was advertised as a spot to park a car. He decided to park himself and his mother there instead—a project that took $500,000 and a lot of architectural ingenuity.

Moriya's living room is small—about the size of walk in closet—and things are hidden behind every wall, stuffed into every corner. The spiral staircase that connects the three floors—Moriya couldn't build horizontally, so he built vertically—is triangular instead of circular, allowing for a tighter diameter. Sinks look like they were cut in half. Windows are oversized to let in as much light as possible.

"Size is not that important," says Moriya. "More important for me is the atmosphere, the surroundings and the neighborhood. You reside in the building, but I'm focused on living in a particular area and environment." A sentiment we could all learn from. A little. [CNN via Grist]