150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)

Gable House

Architect: FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects

Location: Shiga, Japan

Photography: Takumi Ota

Two major concerns conditioned the design of this house: noise and climate. Since the site is located along a high-traffic road, it was insulated to provide a peaceful environment. The simple, boxy shape and the pitched roof protect it from the effects of frequent snowfalls.

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The yard of this single-story house is screened-off from the street to mitigate car noise. Above the yard, a hanging wall extends views from the interior into the yard while providing privacy from passerby.

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Xeriscape landscaping, a method of landscape design for arid areas, easily complements a minimalist design.

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The house has few windows, but various skylights provide illumination.

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A secluded area is perfect for meditation or yoga.

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