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Illusion of a Forest Glade Within a Challenging City Site

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A clever and tiny floor plan creates a spacious home hidden in plain sight in a wooden box in the most impossible site imaginable – with only a view of ugly apartment towers looming over it.

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Tiny courtyards within the wooden box bring in filtered light and some greenery and create a suggestion of a zen garden around each room.

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By night, clever lighting transforms the same space: adopting the outside as an extension of inside.

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The most astonishing part of the design is a tiny courtyard garden on each side of the short corridor in the center of the house.

Check the plan: this is a nothing corridor. Yet what a reward from that tiny created view!

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Looking the other way, viewed from the living room, looking down the corridor to the entry at the end on the left, a garden on each side has a lot of bang for a very tiny buck; the garden is only two or three paces deep.

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Arbol Design has created a surprising number of open and airy view spaces within the tall cedar box.

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Each space has a zen quality of serenity.

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Full length glazed windows open onto the small garden.

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Viewed from the side of the garage, the very discrete  slightly recessed front door is almost hidden.

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Coming into the driveway, the house is completely private.

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The tall cedar fence not only conceals the home, but it also eliminates the view from inside of the apartments towering over it.

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Most surprisingly in such a small house, every angle is perfectly thought out to provide a new and peaceful view.

Despite the lack of views or privacy offered by the challenging site, the tiny home is astonishingly open, full of light and space.

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