150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)
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.
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.
Xeriscape landscaping, a method of landscape design for arid areas, easily complements a minimalist design.
The house has few windows, but various skylights provide illumination.
A secluded area is perfect for meditation or yoga.