Located in Japan, this single family home is a study in minimalism. Designed in 2016 by , the simple, spartan design allows small details to shine through.
The herringbone pattern on the counter contrasts with the straight wooden floorboards and the simple exposed ribbed beams across the ceiling; all are made from similar materials, which makes the difference in pattern all the more striking. The simple iron and wood open shelving, stonework and bare lighting would be spartan if not for their luxurious detail work.
A window at eye level allows only a glimpse into a private, serene courtyard, offering a sense of privacy. The cascading slope of the roof adds horizontal space to the home and allows rain and snow to gently fall off.
There is a distinct emphasis on natural materials like wood and stone, with a focus on soft, muted palette with grays and powder blues. Each corner of the house is carefully used, with no thoughtless waste of space.
The most noteworthy and whimsical detail is the rock climbing wall leading to a multi-use loft, proving that minimalism can still be both luxurious and playful.