150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)
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.
This design reflects the minimalist principle that voids and negative spaces are just as important as masses and positive spaces.
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.
The use of sliding doors and low walls that show the continuity of the ceiling creates a minimalist, loft-like environment.