A typical Japanese-style house usually features a calming atmosphere which is related to Zen philosophy. The minimalist Japanese house is designed so that the residents learn to appreciate the simplicity and to connect with nature. This house called the “House in Hamamatsu” is created by a Japanese architect. Take a look and you’ll see how minimalism is done right.
Comfortable and Open to Nature
As you enter the house area, you’ll be greeted by the neat grass garden with a concrete walkway. One of the characteristics of Japanese house you’ll see next is the sliding door. The yellow lights on the terrace give a warmth feeling, and the dominance of wood accent can be seen even before you enter the house. And as for the Japanese customs, you are expected to take off your shoes in the genkan area (lower floor of the entrance).
Warm Brown and White
The color pallet of a Japanese house is usually warm and is inspired by the color of nature. As seen in this living room, the white long chair is perfect for relaxing all day, while the moss green couch is comfortable for watching TV. The wooden TV table has the matching color with the ceiling that includes glowing white lights. There’s also a book shelves, so this place functions as a reading area as well.
Tatami: Japanese Traditional Flooring
Tatami is very important for Japanese people. The number of tatami is still used as a standard size to measure the space of a house. This multifunctional tatami-floored room can be used to dine, drink tea, sleep, or just relax.