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July 21, 2013
The clean-cut lines and proximity to nature that have defined Japanese design for centuries combine with modernist minimalism in these five homes.
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  A vacation home in the forest of Agatsuma-gun is elevated 6.5 meters off of the ground, a man-made nest perched on stilts above a ground-level patio. The smooth wood paneling and the minimalistic design of the home’s upper floor recall the simplicity of the natural world, and the glass plate that tops the dining table pulls the reflections of surrounding trees into the house.  Photo by Go Hasegawa.   Photo by Go Hasegawa.   This originally appeared in Stilted Living.

    A vacation home in the forest of Agatsuma-gun is elevated 6.5 meters off of the ground, a man-made nest perched on stilts above a ground-level patio. The smooth wood paneling and the minimalistic design of the home’s upper floor recall the simplicity of the natural world, and the glass plate that tops the dining table pulls the reflections of surrounding trees into the house. 

    Photo by Go Hasegawa

    Photo by Go Hasegawa.
    This originally appeared in Stilted Living.
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  Masahiro and Mao Harada of Mount Fuji Architects Studio wanted to break with the traditional definition of a house when they designed this small Tokyo home. They achieved their goal by using the same material for the ceiling, the walls, and the floor, creating a space that flows beautifully.  Photo by Ryota Atarashi.     This originally appeared in Compact Wooden Home in Japan.

    Masahiro and Mao Harada of Mount Fuji Architects Studio wanted to break with the traditional definition of a house when they designed this small Tokyo home. They achieved their goal by using the same material for the ceiling, the walls, and the floor, creating a space that flows beautifully. 

    Photo by Ryota Atarashi. 

    This originally appeared in Compact Wooden Home in Japan.
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  With an elegant modern aesthetic and all the coziness of a robin’s nest, a family home on the island of Onomichi embraces its environment rather than shutting it out.  Photo by Hiroshi Ueda.  Photo by Hiroshi Ueda.   This originally appeared in Back to Nature.

    With an elegant modern aesthetic and all the coziness of a robin’s nest, a family home on the island of Onomichi embraces its environment rather than shutting it out. 

    Photo by Hiroshi Ueda.

    Photo by Hiroshi Ueda.
    This originally appeared in Back to Nature.
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  Architect Akihis Hirata made the most of 921 square feet when designing the Tokyo home pictured here; the house is defined by one long, sprawling staircase with larger landings every few steps that make up individual rooms.  Photo by Koichi Torimura.   Photo by Koichi Torimura.   This originally appeared in Spiral Staircase Shapes Tokyo Home.

    Architect Akihis Hirata made the most of 921 square feet when designing the Tokyo home pictured here; the house is defined by one long, sprawling staircase with larger landings every few steps that make up individual rooms. 

    Photo by Koichi Torimura

    Photo by Koichi Torimura.
    This originally appeared in Spiral Staircase Shapes Tokyo Home.
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  To comply with the spatial restrictions of urban living, Tokyo architect Yuko Shibata designed her apartment to be adjustable. The wall that separates the dining room from the home office can slide to the left to create a larger common room when the workday is over.  Photo by Ryohei Hamada.  Photo by Ryohei Hamada.   This originally appeared in Simple Division.

    To comply with the spatial restrictions of urban living, Tokyo architect Yuko Shibata designed her apartment to be adjustable. The wall that separates the dining room from the home office can slide to the left to create a larger common room when the workday is over. 

    Photo by Ryohei Hamada.

    Photo by Ryohei Hamada.
    This originally appeared in Simple Division.
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The upper floor is sparsely decorated and the height of the room is just under six feet. Because of the low ceiling height, Hasegawa designed a table and selected chairs with an equally low height, 660 mm and 360 mm respectively (about two feet and one fo

A vacation home in the forest of Agatsuma-gun is elevated 6.5 meters off of the ground, a man-made nest perched on stilts above a ground-level patio. The smooth wood paneling and the minimalistic design of the home’s upper floor recall the simplicity of the natural world, and the glass plate that tops the dining table pulls the reflections of surrounding trees into the house. 

Photo by Go Hasegawa

Photo by Go Hasegawa.

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