150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)

House of Reticence

Architect: FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects

Location: Shiga, Japan

Photography: Takumi Ota

This new construction satisfied the client’s request for a house that provides both privacy and a sense of openness. The house has a layered orthogonal layout defined by interlocked spaces, and a zigzagged façade that adapts to the triangular shape of the site. The elongated vistas give a feeling of spaciousness. The thoughtfully positioned openings allow privacy.

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Low furniture accentuates the horizontality of a long rectangular space. To further emphasize this type of design, avoid wall-hung cabinets that would obstruct sightlines.

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The “rooms” are not enclosed, but rather screened-off by a well-thought-out orthogonal arrangement of walls.

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In addition to providing a sense of spaciousness, an open-plan layout allows light from the perimeter to reach the inner reaches of a space.

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Keep your bathroom counter clutter-free to let the material shine in its own light. A limited amount of carefully chosen items can be used to complement the décor and create a casual elegance.

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