Photo credit: Koichi Torimura

Minimalism is any design or style in which the simplest and fewest elements are used to create the maximum effect. Above, we have the Diamond House, located in Sano, Tochigi, Japan, by Masao Yahagi Architects. Continue reading for more.

5. Open Air

The building site is in a rural area of Tokushima Prefecture. Our thought was to come up with a design that brought out the clear landscape. It was the owner’s wish to have an open residence connected to the outside. The environment is such that there are so few passersby you don’t even need curtains, so the request was for a liberated atmosphere related to the open air.

4. Mega

Where does the rainwater drain? Rain and drainage is the same water but there’s a large difference in these two words. Within architecture and urban cities, I was thinking of a design to appreciate the rainwater not as to just expedite it but as a water flow.

3. Stairs

The client had other requests regarding airflow throughout the site, and was concerned about excessive heat from sun exposure at the front of the site, which faces west. While thinking about various issues that had to be addressed, however, we came up with the idea of having a wide staircase situated at the center of the house.

2. Thin

This small site measuring 36.95 sqm is located in a downtown residential area. The slatted, drainboard-like floors on the first through third floors are connected to the slatted tables, stairwell and skylights, allowing sunlight to reach right to the bottom of the house.

1. Neut

The ophthalmologist couple purchased this narrow, but deep, parcel of land in a quiet neighborhood to build a house where they could enjoy their hobby of listening to the music. On the basement level, the courtyard and double-pane glazing provide sound-buffer for this RC-structure studio which is insulated on the exterior. Natural light enters the studio through the courtyard and makes the space exceptionally inhabitable as a basement.



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