Penshirubiru.collective Housing In Japan Taken To It's Limit
Japan is undergoing a change. In its cities it is observed how a series of buildings with common characteristics are appearing that rise above their fabric like trees in a dense forest of buildings. These buildings are identified by their great slenderness and their reduced floor space. They call them 'Penshirubiru', which can be translated as pencil buildings. They are multi-purpose buildings, often dedicated to collective housing, although exceptionally there is also the case of a house-building for a single owner. They have an extremely small footprint, so much so that only the surface dedicated to vertical communications can occupy half the floor. They rise in height above these minimal lots forming slender pieces, like a standing pencil, hence their name.