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Minimilist Ant House, Japan

Makinohara-based design studio mA-style Architects has designed the Ant House project. Completed in 2012, this minimalist residence can be found in Shizuoka, Japan.

According to the architects: “The outer wall of black covers the whole cube, and that screens the visual field completely. Through the heavy door, the space turns into a vivid yellow colour covered by larch plywood. It seems that the world changed. It looks like a cool hiding place. The contemporary Japanses house belongs to a married couple and their three children.

“We planned an ambiguous space without partition a room. By doing so, it makes free use of the space.

“First of all, we drew simple rectangles without any daring idea on the ground for suiting the cost. Second, we set up panels along the line. Then, we lined the kitchen, washroom, desk and storage shelves. The space is like a room, but it could also be a passage. In the middle of first and second, we created a free place. Top of the space there is a gable roof, it makes a new blank in the house. The blank is free, the sunlight and the wind comes into the space from aperture. In the evening you can hear the birds singing.

“The space also enable us to see each other. The space that has no partitions does not have the usual conceptions for a room in the contemporary Japanese property.

“In the cube which was covered by a black wall the free world becomes larger like an ant’s nest.”

Images courtesy of Kai Nakamura.

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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August 24, 2012 | Property | View comments

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