Strange Magic: This Little Japanese House Blurs the Line Between Architecture and Sculpture

Strange Magic: This Little Japanese House Blurs the Line Between Architecture and Sculpture

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Nancy Mitchell
Mar 25, 2015

If you were designing a house that was only 11 feet wide and 33 feet deep, you might not 'spend' the majority of that space on a dramatic curving staircase. But that's exactly what the designers of this Japanese house did — with strangely beautiful results.

Did I mention that this house also doesn't have any windows? The curving staircase, which you'll encounter as soon as you walk in the front door (the door on the left leads to a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor) acts as a sort of light well, bringing sunshine and air into the rest of the house.

At the top of the stairs, there's a landing which leads to the dining room, which connects to the kitchen (seen through the doorway on the right side of this photo). Sliding glass panels can close off the dining room from the stairwell in the event of inclement weather. Everything is very space and very minimal — it's a bit like a sculpture that you live inside.

It's definitely one of the oddest houses I've ever seen, but in the photos it has a sort of strange magic. Oh, and did I mention that on the first floor, behind the curving staircase, there's a garden... for bunnies? It has a rabbit hutch and everything. One of the bunnies is pictured above.

What do you think? Can you see yourself (or maybe just spending the night) in a house as spare and strange as this one? Or would it take more than a few rabbits to convince you?

You can see more photos of the house and read more at Yellowtrace, or on the architects' website.

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