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"Azby Brown has done it again. I loved his first book, Small Spaces, and this one goes further yet in helping to demystify the art of the small house. The book is a must for anyone wanting to understand how to do more with less when it comes to home design. These tiny and exquisitely designed contemporary Japanese homes have so many lessons to teach readers around the world about how to make their homes both functional and beautiful, whatever the size. And as for the quality of the houses illustrated, they're extraordinary. I, for one, couldn't put the book down, and I suspect it will have the same effect on a great many readers." -Sarah Susanka, AIA architect and author of The Not So Big House series and Home By Design"As houses get smaller, their space gets more intense. People are nearly insatiable in their hunger for urban nesting places, and here we see that marvelously expressed."-Toyo Ito"Brown's Very Small Home provides homeowner-friendly design tips, whether it's a raised kitchen floor that opens to store infrequently used items or general advice on using one or two luxurious details -a fine photograph, an antique bench-to set the mood of a room or entire house. Drawings, color photos and interviews with people living in the homes make it an interesting read." -Miami Herald"I have a feeling that many of us are living in something less than a McMansion. Maybe our homes feel more like a child-size Happy Meal than a supersize Big Mac? If that's the case, you're sure to find some tasty ideas in the new book by Tokyo-based architect Azby Brown, Very Small Home." -ContraCosta Times"Those glorious 'McMansions, ' large rambling homes with a multitude of rooms, were a craze in the 1990s. Now, the 'small home' is a big idea-at least according to a new book from Kodansha. Very Small Home is a big book featuring glorious color photos of 18 'new' (under 5 years old) houses that were designed specifically for small spaces." -The Star Newspapers, Chicago"This is the most fascinating, the most delightful architecture book that I've read in years! Here are spectacular, dramatic small houses. 320 square feet, 1268 feet of living space... These houses are indeed tiny. But this does not mean crude, cheap, old. The oldest of the houses shown was five years old at the time of publication... I would strongly suggest that anyone thinking of a house in a metropolitan area read this book." -www.books-on-line.com"A small but growing group of architects and homeowners is rejecting the notion that bigger homes mean better lives and for economic, environmental and aesthetic reasons is embracing mini houses, which are often under 1,000 sq. ft. Books like Alejandro Bahamon's Mini House, Michelle Kodis' BlueprintSmall, Azby Brown's The Very Small Home and Ricorico's Mini House Style explore how small spaces can be put to ingenious uses." -Time Magazine"As Americans begin to absorb the notion that big homes are not necessarily better, we're naturally looking to Japan, where architects manage to create livable, modern homes that are in some cases tiny, but that are flooded with light and seem much bigger than they are. The Very Small Home by Azby Brown is a double-barreled book-with highly practical drawings and inspirational photography of 18 great recent houses." -Metropolitan Home Magazine"Inspiring... the volume is so full of ingenious ideas that it's a good bet for anyone trying to maximize the space and light of a small residence... But the most impressive aspect of all these homes is the bright, airy feeling they manage to convey within in their tiny confines... Brown's excellent textual commentary will help readers bring those important ideas into their own homes." -Publishers Weekly"Although floor space is at a premium, Azby Brown illustrates the surprising possibilities of tiny spaces, in which a book collection can grow, or a music room can be quaintly tucked away. The beautiful materials, fluid shapes, and clean spaces are enviable; The Very Small Home works equally well as either a dream book or a blueprint for home renovators." -Kirkus Reports"The Japanese are nothing if not innovative and stylish, and this look at some bold architectural and design ideas proves that just because you live in a shoebox, it doesn't have to look like a shoebox. All of these homes breathe with a surprising openness, and are blessed with copious amounts of sunlight. Personal accumulation is kept to a minimum and stashed in inventive ways, so not only are these homes aesthetically pleasing, but they also insist that your home should not be defined by the amount of stuff you can pack into it." -Orlando Weekly"It's amazing what a good architect can do to make a small space elegant, attractive and full of light, as well as highly functional. Even if you have a larger home, many of these ideas can apply to a small room in it. If you dare to be small, as Brown suggests, then have a look at The Very Small Home - it's an informative and engaging presentation." -BookLoons.com"[Azby Brown] hopes The Very Small Home will enlighten English readers on how to live contentedly in a tight situation. He even suggests that the small house is actually superior to its larger incarnations and that, given a choice, the truly discerning are opting for life on the squeeze." -The Daily Telegraph (UK)"Japanese homes are the epitome of compact and efficient design and in Azby Brown's forthcoming book, The Very Small Home, he explores the attitude in Japan towards efficient and functional design... Japanese design patterns are bound to be adopted by Western architects and this book makes a point to showcase some of the finest small home design that Japan has to offer." -Land + Living Modern Lifestyle + Design"Experience in Japan shows that it is possible to live well and meet most of the needs of the modern world without thinking big."-Kateigaho Magazine"If you don't think you can find room on your coffee table for yet another hardcover book focusing on design (let alone anything else), think again. This not-so-wee gem might just have the answer you've been searching for." -J Select Magazine"

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Eine Sammlung von guten und neuen Ideen, die leider kein deutsche Amt abnehmen würde. Aber sehr anregend und mit nett gezeichneten Skizzen überschaubar, hilfreich und seiner Zeit vorraus. Bei Grundstückspreisen, wie z.B. in Bayern, wird es aber nicht lange dauern, bis sich Vernunft und Ästhetik durchsetzt.
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großes Format mit sehr vielen Bildern zu jedem vorgestellten Haus, Grundrissen, Seitenansichten. Dann nochmal eine Seitenübersicht mit allen Häusern und deren Eigenschaften aufgelistet. Mir persönlich hat Penguinhouse und T.R.house am besten gefallen, mit der Aussicht auf Baumwipfel und Rückzugsmöglickeiten.
Engawa House kann mir gar nicht gefallen, habe es bereits schon in einer Zeitschrift (ich glaube; Das Haus) vorgestellt gesehen. Eine längliche Glasschachtel, die eine ganz aufschiebbare Glasfront hat, richtige Trennwände gibt es innerhalb des Hauses nicht. Die Wände von Schlafzimmer, Küche, Arbeitszimmer sind nur bücheregalhoch. Ich kann mir nicht vorstellen, wie die Familie, die dort lebt mit 2 Kindern, Privatsphäre erlebt. Für Singles wäre es evtl. aktzeptabel, wenn man nicht über die ganze Breitseite des Hauses wie in ein Puppenhaus reinsehen kann, was der oder die Bewohner gerade tun. Dies ist derzeit ein allgemeiner Trend von vielen modernen Hausentwürfen, auch hier in Deutschland. Meiner Meinung nach hat ein Hamster hat ja mehr Privatshäre in seinem Käfig, als die Bewohner solcher Häuser. Sieht nur gut aus, für die die reingucken, ähnlich wie im Theater. Nun, so ein Buch kann nicht alle Geschmäcker zufriedenstellen, darum für die Fülle und Genauigkeit der Informationen 5 Sterne.
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Architecture book celebrating the Japanese Modern Mini 3. Juni 2005
Von Zack Davisson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Japan is a country with a large population and very limited living space. Due to its mountainous geography, there is a tradition going back centuries for comfortable living in small areas. A classic of Japanese literature is Kamo no Chomei's "Account of a 10-Foot-Square Hut." Traditional Japanese homes are built to be convertible, to maximise space with collapsible furniture that can be stored and multipurpose rooms that can have walls removed to create bigger spaces when necessary.

Building on this need and tradition is the current architectural Small House movement, where new homes are built on miniature lots, maximizing the space with a surprising efficiency. There are TV shows and books galore on the topic in Japan, and the ideas are starting to creep over in to the US as well, with book such as "The Very Small Home: Japanese Ideas For Living Well In Limited Space."

"The Very Small Home" is a showcase for some of these architectural marvels, eighteen of them to be precise. Each building begins with a different problem to be solved; an ancient tree that must be accommodated by law, a tiny lot in Tokyo that needs to fit two houses. My favorite is the family who each inherited a portion of their parents home. One child inherited the driveway, and needed a long, thin house where he could live in on his section of the land. Going for a traditional feel, the architect created one of the most beautiful homes in the book, complete with tiny garden and a luxurious traditional bath. Many of the solutions are quite ingenious, and the photographs of the homes are beautiful to look at.

What the book is not is a guide to better utilizing existing small-space homes. These are definitely architectural solutions, not interior design or decorating solutions. A lot of money went into these houses, and unless you are willing to completely tear down and rebuild your little living space, there won't be much here for you.

For what it is, however, the books succeeds very well, and those interested in architecture as well as those looking to build a small home of their own will probably be amazed at the creativity and beauty of these buildings. The homes are much more modern than traditional, featuring the sparsity of modern Japanese design. I can't help but think of a master-crafted piece of sushi, reverently sitting on a pristine white plate. Small, but incredible.
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Yes, They Are Small 28. Februar 2006
Von A. Ross - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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While I would agree that the 18 homes profiled in this beautifully designed and produced book are very stark and modern for most people's tastes (I certainly couldn't imagine living in any them), I want to clarify a misrepresentation one of the reviewers made. 11 of the 18 houses featured here have floor plans of under 1,000 square feet, and another 4 are right around 1,200 or less-- the smallest is "T-Set House" at 618. About half of the homes are occupied by couples, and the other half are by families of three or four. So, it does have a lot to show one in terms of living in a small space. Of course, a lot of the living solutions cater to the Japanese format of futons on tatami, which are then put away so that the space is usable the rest of the day, so it's not exactly brimming with solutions for the average person. Still, for design or architecture buffs, or just house porn afficianados, each house gets a nice 5-10 photos and is well-explained with cutaway and 3/4 view diagrams. And if one is really interested in the style, the homes profiled are all in the greater Tokyo area and their addresses (and architect contact info) are all listed in the back.
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Rethinking square footage 13. Juni 2005
Von Gaylon Emerzian - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Brown has given us rare access into the homes of Japanese architectural trendsetters. The footprints of these houses may be small but what they lack in floor space is compensated by an airy ambiance. There are translucent walls that fill spaces with light, walls that open like huge shoji screens to merge the inside living space with the outdoors. Clever storage units tuck everything away, leaving clean uncluttered expanses that seem spacious even by Mac Mansion standards. The book definitively illustrates that less is indeed more.
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The Spiritual Home 9. August 2005
Von John Viveiros - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Azby Brown's skills just might finally be realized in his native country. What a breath of fresh air he brings to housing! This country needs less of the expensive mega-residences and over-priced, dysfunctional condos and townhouses. We need more "small communities" of creative villages consisting of Brown's beautiful and functional little houses that could be afforded by the first-time buyer and appreciated for its simplicity by the retired. I loved his Small Spaces, love The Very Small Home more, for the perceptive color photos and exceptionally detailed drawings.

Although the Engawa House is the perfect home, ranch style, and the Home in Kyodo the ultimate family home, my favorite remains Koizumi's Sumire-Aoi House. As a retiree, I'd love to own this house with one modification, a disappearing bed, Murphy style. There is a deeply spiritual quality to Brown's houses that bring a sense of peace and contentment just looking at them, over and over. To live in one of the houses in this book would be to live on a spiritual plane far above the mega-millionaire!

John Viveiros

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Homes of magic and wonder 3. Juni 2005
Von Camille LeDoux - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Did you ever have a tree house as a child? I did. It was set in a weeping willow tree. The play of light from the leaves over the canvas cover was magical. The Very Small Home by Azby Brown evokes the same feelings in me... feelings of magic and wonder. Brown explores modern the fascinating world of modern Japanese architecture with a seasoned sense of style and design.

The book is beautiful. The images are gorgeous. It is truly fascinating the way these modern Japanese architects have used light among other techniques to create small homes with that appear so open... so roomy. Yet, at the same time they have a coziness that can not be matched by their larger Western counterparts.

Brown gives all the details architect buffs want - floor plans, elevations, coding, etc. without boring the casual reader. The photography is first class - a work of art in itself.

The second part of the book is filled with practical applications of design elements gleaned from these amazing homes.

Whether you are an architect buff, an aficionado of Japanese culture or just someone who wants ideas for creating more space in your home, this book is a must-buy. (It looks great on your coffee table too.)
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