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.
MUJI sells houses in Japan that come around 1,000 sq ft. As it advocates “compact life,” MUJI House is full of nifty design ideas for small living, from room design to storage. Find some inspiring ideas.
Find pictures of traditional Japanese tea house, the inspiration for Zen design and interior.
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.”
“Machiya (町屋)” is a Japanese traditional townhouse, one of the most commonly found traditional Japanese architecture. Machiya combined a shop and residential units,
“A House is a work of art.” It is a famous declaration made by a maverick and legendary Japanese architect Kazuo Shinohara (1925-2006) who significantly influenced Japanese modern architecture.