10 Smart, Skinny Buildings Squeezed into Teeny Tiny Spaces


Tokyo-based design firm, Atelier Bow-Wow coined the term “pet architecture” to describe buildings squeezed in to left over urban spaces. Why the cute conclusion? Principals Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kajima, explain: “Pets, companion animals of the people, are usually small, humorous and charming. We find what we call ‘pet architecture,’ architecture having pet like characteristics, existing in the most unexpected places within the Tokyo city limits.”

From a handful of Bow-Wow’s stunning, smart designs to buildings so thin they look like a sheet of paper, click through to check out some of the most incredible buildings built for the teeny, tiny slivers of leftover land in our increasingly dense urban areas.

Split Machiya by Atelier Bow-Wow – Tokyo, Japan

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Tower Machiya by Atelier Bow-Wow – Tokyo, Japan

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Tower House by Atelier Bow-Wow – Tokyo, Japan

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House & Atelier Bow-Wow by Atelier Bow-Wow – Tokyo, Japan

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Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy by TKY Japan – Osaka, Japan

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House in Tamatsu by Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio – Osaka, Japan

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Parasite Office Concept by Za Bor Architects – Moscow, Russia

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SOHO + apartment by Schemata Architects – Tokyo, Japan

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Billboard Building by Klein Dytham Architecture – Tokyo, Japan

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Coffee Saloon Kimoto – Tokyo, Japan

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