House in Tokushima Features Open Plan Living and a Wall of Books

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The Japanese architecture firm, FujiwaraMuro Architects, completed this contemporary 2-story home back in 2013. The project is based in Tokushima and simply titled after its location: “House in Tokushima”.

The build was lead by Shintaro Fujiwara and Yoshio Muro, who set out to create a comfortable family home full of connected living spaces and light. Based on the picture, it looks like the project was a success.

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House in Tokushima contains a total of 968.75-square-feet (90-square-meters>) spread over two floor. The house is built around a timber post and beam frame, which is evident throughout the interior. From the outside, it breaks away from the norm of the neighborhood, option for a modern box-like form with hints of industrial design.

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The interior is a stark contrast with the exterior – it’s a warm, inviting, space full of bookshelves and connected living spaces. The dark tones of wood are offset by the white walls and large window openings. Varying floor levels are used to create a sense of separation despite the otherwise open plan set up.

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The entrance leads directly into the kitchen/dining room and living room. There’s also a toilet, sink and bathroom on this floor, accessed off of the kitchen. However, this floor’s main feature is a large bookshelf that runs from the base of the living room to the top of the double height ceiling.

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The upper level contains the home’s bedrooms, a drying room and a private little getaway. The kid’s bedrooms are composed of full-width bunk beds under which they have a study area and space for storage. The parent’s bedroom is cut-off from the open living space, as is the drying room and the getaway.

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For more Japanese houses check out Kazuyasu Kochi’s playful small house that carves out living areas. Or, Mask House by CAPD, a simple home that overlooks a river in Japan. See all Japanese houses.

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Photos © Toshiyuki Yano

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