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Minimalist House / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

  • 01:00 - 30 July, 2010
Minimalist House / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Minimalist House / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates, Courtesy of  shinichi ogawa & associates
Courtesy of shinichi ogawa & associates

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects

    Shinichi Ogawa & Associates / Urbanist Architect
  • Area

    211.59 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009

From the architect. This building is a court house for a couple in Itoman-shi, Okinawa, Japan.

Courtesy of  shinichi ogawa & associates
Courtesy of shinichi ogawa & associates

The house is built on a 3M grid module in all XYZ directions, while it is composed of 4 vertical plates as exterior walls and 1 horizontal plate as a roof slab. A functional layout is created by inserting a void of 3M x 18M which is the court for the house and wall-like furniture into the concrete structure space which dimensions are 3.0M (3x1) high by 9.0M (3x3) wide and by 18.0M (3x6) long.

Courtesy of  shinichi ogawa & associates
Courtesy of shinichi ogawa & associates

The space composition is characterized by the division of the house into two areas by a like-wall furniture.

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Courtesy of shinichi ogawa & associates

The first area is composed of the living room, dining room, and bedroom as an interior space connecting with the exterior court in a linear arrangement, while the other space is composed of the kitchen, powder room, and study room in a succession.

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Courtesy of shinichi ogawa & associates

The shower room, toilet, small court, and various storages are laid out in this wall-like unit, which also incorporates the services ; all spaces combined together create a lifestyle that minimize the division of the space as much as possible.

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Courtesy of shinichi ogawa & associates

With regards of the natural light of Okinawa's climate, the internal space connecting with the outside is designed with eaves in order to control the amount of direct sunlight coming inside the house.

Courtesy of  shinichi ogawa & associates
Courtesy of shinichi ogawa & associates

The exterior wall is designed to facilitate maintenance by applying photocatalyst paint.

Courtesy of  shinichi ogawa & associates
Courtesy of shinichi ogawa & associates

The functional counter unit incorporating the kitchen, powder room, and study room is made of integrally a solid surface "DuPont Corian".

Courtesy of  shinichi ogawa & associates
Courtesy of shinichi ogawa & associates

Consequently, this house is creating a habitation space that invites to a minimal and a flexible and various lifestyle.

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Kamal Bagh · July 25, 2014

In an artistic manner, this is beautiful, even the concept of it is quite interesting. However, once reality comes in, I think this sheds a light to one of the reasons Mount-Fuji hosts so many suicides weekly.

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This is an amazing to look at and admire, but I would imagine it would be impossible to live in unless you were a robot.

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as the concept it is the best one, but... you should have special one kind of mind to live there... great imagination to see landscape behind white wall...

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Air Jinx · July 31, 2010

That would be just awful to live in.
This environment would get so boring and depressing just because there is no view to the outside (well 3m before it's blocked by a white wall..) and therefor no stimulation form outside your white walls.

Not to mention what it does for it's environment, who would ever want a big white block in their street?

I hate Air Jinx · February 14, 2012 08:44 AM

what would you know about the japanese way of living?

Oflodor · August 03, 2010 01:43 AM

Minimalism is not for anybody. Not too many people can understand the philosophy behind the concept.

Adam · August 01, 2010 04:43 AM

Air Jinx, I understand why you wouldnt want a "white box" in your neighborhood, but have you seen most of the dwellings in Japan? They're mostly horrible, this is a palace (both in form and size) compared to most in Japan.

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Nikola · July 31, 2010

How come people never tire of this ?

I think somebody needs to write "Minimalismus und Verbrechen" or maybe Koolhaas did already and nobody listened ?

Maarten · August 02, 2010 06:11 AM

Because Minimalism exposes all basic architectural elements without any sign of 'overly designed shapes'. The base of architecture is never boring, since its our profession.

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