How is a house possible? Witness Tokyo architect Akihisa Hirata’s mind-bending, shape-shifting solution to small-space living. Ran and her brother, Gen, read on one of the structure’s 44 continuous steps. Photo by: Koichi Torimura
built on a plot big enough for a single car, the four-storey house borrows elements of a 'machiya', a traditional wooden communal residence, and is stretched up into a tower to claim as much living space possible.