For some Japanese homeowners, compact quarters do not necessarily translate into cramped living. It’s not just Tokyo that is overcrowded. Urban centers around the world face housing challenges. The cutting edge architecture showcased in this video hinges on the ability of the designer to create a multi-dimensional space that has little actual square footage. Since human perception of space is predominantly visual, architects specializing in the small house movement attempt to stretch our eyes upwards, sideways, and downwards. All of the featured homes are small, but none are lacking in whimsy.