150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)

Small House

Architect: FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects

Location: Aichi, Japan

Photography: Kei Nakajima

Commissioned by a middle-aged couple, this house is a quiet retreat away from the tumult of its densely populated neighborhood. Despite the limited dimensions of the site, the architect successfully created a spacious interior. The living room, the central space, has the tallest ceiling in the house and is surrounded by the kitchen, dining room, and bedroom.

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One of the advantages of built-in furniture is that it is often built along walls, freeing up space to aid order and tidiness.

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Different functions of spaces in an open-plan home can be defined by a change in flooring materials or in floor and ceiling heights. Freestanding furniture can also break up a space.

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Polished concrete can be used for a variety of services, such as for flooring or a wall finish, or for built-in furniture such as countertops and shelves.

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