Looking at this photo, I knew I had to feature it. From the panoramic views of the house, the small cave on the left, and the stunning woodwork all around, my brain had to slow down just to take it all in. And I think that’s the beauty of Japanese minimalism. In order to really appreciate all that’s around, the simplicity of it, you have to slow down your brain to process the elements that fulfill your mind all at once.
If I’m imagining myself in this house, I’m walking slowly with intention and with gratitude. I can’t imagine myself being hurried or frantic here. I’m certain project manager of firm Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, Kohei Omori, had in mind when he led this project. The result was a house that awakens, calms, and simplifies in one breath.
Taking a step back to get a wider view, you see how the outside and inside blend together to create the feeling of being open to nature without being exposed to the world. It’s an intimate creation to have these parts of the house face each other with a garden its main connection.
Because we all wanted more time with this wonderful little addition, here’s a shot from the inside of the small cave.
One of the guest rooms. The perfect frame of the tree with the simplicity of the lines creates a coziness that only experts in minimalism can attain.
I was very curious about the bathroom and it didn’t disappoint. In fact it made me gasp with widened eyes. The elegance of this room, with its long tiles and never-ending lines, was such a treat in its artistry, strength, and touch of mystery.
And here I am, envisioning myself slowly walking along this walkway from one room to another, smiling contently with a cup of tea in my hand.
I hope you enjoyed this home as much as I did.
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