Muji’s Small and Simple House in Tokyo

This rather simple and boxy-looking house in Japan has been designed by the retail company Muji. Set in one of Tokyo’s dense residential districts, the house is intended to cater for the needs of city dwellers. The house takes full advantage of its small site by maximizing its footprint, and proximity to the adjacent buildings.


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The house features three floors with a split level system. Each floor is brightly light and airy, helping to create an atmosphere of spaciousness in what is really quite a small and confined space. The different levels of the house have been designed to serve different functions.


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The ground floor contains the homes utility and storage areas. The central staircase has been left open as possible, with no backing treads and a minimalist handrail, in order to let light filter between the different floors.


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The kitchen is a simple but stylish set up. It sits opposite the homes dining area, and across a short walkway at the top of the stairs you’ll find the living room. Clean white walls can be found throughout with wood accents found in the furniture and trim.

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The top floor, presumably, contains the home’s bathroom and bedroom (unfortunately no floor plan was released). Large windows have been installed on the north face of the building to help bring in as much natural light as possible.

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Being designed by a retail company, furniture and storage solutions (a must for any small home) from Muji can be found throughout.

For more Japanese houses check out the Hammock House by Uzu Architects, which features a living area designed solely for a hammock. Or, this other simple, functional home by Takahashi Maki. See all Japanese houses.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: Muji

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.