In September, 2019, MUJI House announced the release of Yo no ie (Sun House), its fourth creation since they debuted the ambitiously simple “Wood House” in 2004. It’s MUJI’s first single-story house with lots of hidden details that connect people directly yet neatly with the the surrounding environment.
The synchronicity of the tiny house and nomad movement may be telling us that it’s time to go back to the basics. It’s time to remember the spirit of the conic/triangular shape. Fortunately, with state-of-the-art technology, we can transform traditional tents into something more flexible and comfortable enough to fit in modern life style.
The tiny house was already a “choice” for some 1,000 years ago. In medieval Japan, people called their version of the tiny house 草庵 (so-an), “thatched hut” away from home. Practitioners of Buddhism, artists and/or wanderers created the “tiny house movement” and created so-an as a base for freer, ideal life.
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designed many contemporary chashitsu (tea rooms or tea huts) which were light, soft, flexible, connecting people with the outside environment smoothly. Learn about the “Oribe Tea House”, the “Tee Haus” and the “Floating Tea House.”