Clad in Black, This Minimalist, Japanese-Inspired Home Asks $1.7M
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Clad in Black, This Minimalist, Japanese-Inspired Home Asks $1.7M

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
This monochromatic home in Southern California stands out for so many reasons.

Clad in corrugated cement fiberboard with sleek black exteriors, the Monokuro House cuts a striking figure. Set in a suburban neighborhood in Torrance, California, surrounded traditional single-story residences, the home stands out due to its distinctive facade and its minimalist design.

The Monokuro House blends minimalist, Japanese-inspired architecture with indoor/outdoor California living.

The Monokuro House blends minimalist, Japanese-inspired architecture with indoor/outdoor California living.

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Los Angeles–based W3 Architects designed the Monokuro House for a Japanese family looking for "an extremely simple modern house that would express the clear dark/light contrast found in traditional Japanese architecture." (Monokuro is Japanese for "monochrome.")

The home explores the dark/light contrast found in traditional Japanese architecture and plays with shadow and light.

The home explores the dark/light contrast found in traditional Japanese architecture and plays with shadow and light.

The bright contemporary kitchen features high-end appliances and custom cabinetry. 

The bright contemporary kitchen features high-end appliances and custom cabinetry. 

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The thoughtfully engineered 2,550-square-foot home is designed for indoor/outdoor living. The open-plan layout places all of the public spaces on the lower level, while the bedrooms are located on the top floor. The design also makes great use of sustainable materials and employs passive building strategies such as cross ventilation, high thermal mass, setback windows, and operable skylights.

The spacious open floor plan maintains a utilitarian sense of function. The floors are made from colored concrete.

The spacious open floor plan maintains a utilitarian sense of function. The floors are made from colored concrete.

Oversized doors and cantilevered windows create a seamless transition from inside to out and give the dining area an alfresco feel.

Oversized doors and cantilevered windows create a seamless transition from inside to out and give the dining area an alfresco feel.

A fully operable wall in the dining room brings in natural light and gentle breezes, making the most of the SoCal climate.

A fully operable wall in the dining room brings in natural light and gentle breezes, making the most of the SoCal climate.

Wood decking extends out to the yard. 

Wood decking extends out to the yard. 

Even the living area opens to the outdoors.

Even the living area opens to the outdoors.

The home features three bedrooms and three baths. This bedroom can easily be used as an office space.

The home features three bedrooms and three baths. This bedroom can easily be used as an office space.

The master bedroom has a butt glass window and engineered white oak floors.

The master bedroom has a butt glass window and engineered white oak floors.

The third bedroom. 

The third bedroom. 

The master bath features a Duravit/Philippe Starck bathtub and a wall-mount toilet.

The master bath features a Duravit/Philippe Starck bathtub and a wall-mount toilet.

The master bath also features an open shower with a glass partition and a dual vanity.

The master bath also features an open shower with a glass partition and a dual vanity.

Negative space appears to be carved out of the dark exterior to reveal the home's bright white interiors.

Negative space appears to be carved out of the dark exterior to reveal the home's bright white interiors.

The public spaces are all located on the ground level. The home fully opens up to the private garden.

The public spaces are all located on the ground level. The home fully opens up to the private garden.

The enclosed garden features lovely landscaping and has the feeling of a serene escape.

The enclosed garden features lovely landscaping and has the feeling of a serene escape.

 1411 Elm Avenue, Torrance, California is currently listed for $1,699,000 by Coleman Eisner and Benjamin Kahle of Deasy Penner Podley.

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