A Spontaneous Tiny House Village In Japan

Tokyo-based architecture firm Ondesign has created a small village of tiny wooden shelters on 650 square meters of grassland, that provides an amazing view over Sagami Bay, Mount Fuji and Enoshima.

The project is an experiment with the concept of the unfinished city in mind. Without a predefined ‘map’, the village should grow into a spontaneous architectural form. New elements can be inserted at any time while the plan will follow the developments instead of the other way around. This way the use of the building is leading rather than its form or the plan. For that reason, the architects named their project ‘Calling a Plan a Map’.

Besides introducing an experiment with another way of developing architectural forms, the project is also interesting for its looks and the way it uses the landscape. Although the collection of small cabins are meant as a housing accommodation, it shows how a collection of smaller spaces can merge and work together. I could imagine the future office to work this way too. A collection of small private workspaces for mobile workers spread around a communal space, that can be extended with more office rooms if necessary.