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<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/61/612a35c098925acb942bb828990266d3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>Created for the annual exhibition House Vision, the prototype is a thought experiment in the way people live in super-dense cities. [...] It’s a common problem in big cities all over the world, and Hasegawa’s design is meant to balance space-saving with privacy, transforming a 1.5-story space (which are common across the city) into a usable space for four.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Highly-dense cities are common through out countries like China and Japan. Popular apparel and houseware brand, <a href="https://archinect.com/searchall/muji/news" rel="nofollow" >Muji</a>, are taking creative steps in tackling long commutes and dense city living most employees face. Partnering with Japanese architect, Go Hasegawa, Muji's apartment prototype aims to turn a 1.5 story space into a cozy and functional live-work environment.
Equipped with an open communal space and kitchen, the Muji furnished apartment would have a balance of work functionality and privacy.
upper level of the space would mimic a lofted canopy design that would create a reimagined second story. Cities like Beijing continuously have increasingly high land prices which effect living costs. With this type of design concept, has Muji found a way to rethink shared co-working quarters?