150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)

House of Representation

Architect: FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects

Location: Kyoto, Japan

Photography: Takumi Ota

Located in the countryside, this house is notable for its strong geometric features. The design program called for a building that combines privacy and a large living area. With this in mind, the house was given a centripetal layout and a spacious, double-height living room.

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For a unified, minimal look stick to a single color range and a limited selection of materials. Choose neutral shades to create a serene atmosphere.

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Keep in mind that flush transitions between different flooring materials are difficult to obtain. To achieve flush surfaces you might have to provide a variable subfloor.

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The geometry of a space can be emphasized by a subtle combination of white-painted surfaces, concrete, stone, and wood, and light to cast a glow on these elements.