This small house in the town of Konan, in Kobe, Japan, sits in a quiet neighborhood and was designed for a couple and their child by the Osaka-based firm, Coo Planning. Built of reinforced concrete and wood, the residence is minimal with the needed space spread throughout four layers.

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Despite its small size, the house is smartly laid out and manages to fit all the living space the couple needed, including a garage, a deck, and a study loft above the kitchen.

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The floor directly above the garage houses the home’s entrance, a tatami room, a bathroom, and bedroom.

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View into the tatami room

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Bedroom

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The third floor is the family’s communal area with an open kitchen and living room.

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The space is completely open from the front of the house to the back, making it appear really large.

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The living room has an entire wall of windows at the front of the house making the space super bright.

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The ladder takes you to the study room loft that’s open to the living room and kitchen below it.

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Study room

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Photos by Yuko Tada, Coo Planning.