150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)

F-White House

Architect: Takuro Yamamoto Architects

Location: Kashiwa City, Chiba, Japan

Photography: Ken’ichi Suzuki Photo Office

The courtyard in this single-story house gains prominence from its skewed position in relation to the house footprint. The oblique position of the courtyard is not the outcome of a capricious design decision, but rather a response to a functional need. Had the courtyard been inserted orthogonally, the house would have been divided into two blocks. Instead, with the courtyard turned at an angle, a sense of unity is maintained.

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This design reflects the minimalist principle that voids and negative spaces are just as important as masses and positive spaces.

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The space around the courtyard feels like a room with different functions at every turn of the corner. This feeling is heightened by the lack of hallways and vestibules.

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The use of sliding doors and low walls that show the continuity of the ceiling creates a minimalist, loft-like environment.

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