Superroom layout, with floor-to-ceiling windows and Wi-Fi, will allow someone the chance to live the Scandinavian dream for just £1
Ikea is offering a tiny apartment in Tokyo for less than $1 per month
Calls for an Ikea restaurant in Tokyo have been quashed by the retailer, but it is offering a tiny apartment in the city’s upscale Sumida district for £1 per month, with the possibility of further down-payment loans.
The superroom is 80 sq metres in total, and features a kitchen area, a bedroom, a bathroom and – at 37 metres – one of the longest halls in Tokyo.
Standard rates start at £1 for an armchair; the superroom costs about a fiver. Photograph: Ikea
Economists believe that the superroom is the first affordable city dwelling in Japan created by the Swedish furniture giant, which has been expanding into the country since the 1970s.
An Ikea spokesperson said: “The rent-free apartment is a first for Japan, so it is a ground-breaking concept that will obviously change the urban environment in Japan for the better.
“At the same time it addresses the issue of urban living among the younger generation, as well as new single workers who may have problems maintaining a stable daily routine.”
A spokesman said the plan was in its early stages and may change. One wing of the suite has floors that open out to large windows, allowing the superroom to be divided into two rooms and house a loft room. At the top of each flight of stairs there is a door leading to a roof terrace.
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Customers will also be able to rent additional extensions of the apartment, similar to those available in the company’s nearby Ikkushiro store, to extend living space to 120 sq metres.
The apartment also includes Ikea products such as a television and internet connection, which could be used for an online shop.
The superroom is designed to be flexible in its use and adaptable, Ikea said. It does not have an internal heating system, but can be heated externally through open-plan walls, where the heating system would otherwise operate.