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Split Machiya is the latest work by Atelier Bow-Wow — the Tokyo architecture studio led by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kajima. Situated on a humorously small plot of land, the home appears to have been squashed and compressed between the 2 houses that sandwich it.

To overcome the constraints placed on the land, the architects designed 2 structures that mirror each other, separated only by a central courtyard. In addition, the residences feature split level designs aimed at generating a visually open and integrated living environment.