Japan can boast a rich and ancient history, resulting in a modern and progressive country steeped in tradition.
Today, we’ll be touring a very modern Japanese family home, but there are perhaps still a few tell tale signs of the culture that has shaped this modern design…
Upon entering the apartment we find an incredibly bright and spacious ground floor. The unusually high ceilings, light colour scheme and abundance of natural light create a very calm and relaxing atmosphere.
A key element in the home’s design is achieving a balance between unrestricted space and privacy, and here on the ground floor of the home we have the unrestricted communal space.
Moving on, up the long staircase to the first floor, we find an interesting design of multi-levelled, partitioned space. In contrast the open-plan living space, here each of the home’s inhabitants can enjoy their own defined area in this unique and slightly whimsical home.
The minimalist design and home’s light colour scheme are interspersed with the green of the potted plants placed throughout the home, adding a feeling of life and vitality the abode.
Looking down into the open-plan kitchen and living room space, we can see the clever concealment of the storage space behind a high counter that hides most of the kitchen area.
The design of the home is undoubtedly modern, but Japan has tradition of minimalism, and although the specific hallmarks of minimarisuto design may not be present, its spirit lives on in this modern minimalist incarnation.
The living room appears to merge with the garden, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling patio doors that blur the divide between the indoor and outdoor space; an effect furthered by the unusual, lawn-like carpet.
This creates a wonderful feeling of oneness with nature, and fluidity throughout the home.
Turning to face the other side of the room brings the whole open-plan ground floor of the home into view, the lasting impression given by the home is that it was very much inspired by nature; the numerous large windows ensure a connection to the outdoors, while the abundance of wood, wicker, potted plants and the green carpet simulate the feeling of a garden.