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Cubist Geometry And Sculptural Playfulness Define Frame House

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Located amongst cherry trees in a suburban area in the Shiga prefecture, Japan, ‘Frame House’ by local architecture practice FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects is a two-story family house embracing contemporary minimalism with its cubic geometry, muted colors, and uncluttered interiors.

The residence is characterized by a minimalist cubist rigor and consists of a stacked-box formation of corrugated steel, black-coated steel, and gray mortar. Designed with light and privacy in mind, its solid exterior is dotted by differently shaped and strategically located rectilinear windows, offering generous views of the surrounding nature. Unfolding over two floors, the house’s abstract geometry is informed by its internal layout. On the ground floor, a spacious entrance hall connects to the streets by doubling as a small shop, while the master bedroom enjoys privacy and silence thanks to its location at the back of the house.

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A staircase leads to the cantilevered upper floor, which features the two children’s bedrooms as well as an open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area. Upstairs, a skylight maximizes natural light penetration while large windows optimize the views out of the house on all sides. Inside, muted colors imbue the house with a soothing atmosphere while keeping interiors bright and airy. Cement floors downstairs and hardwood floor boards upstairs contrast the predominantly white tones, adding texture and warmth overall to the space.

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Images © Norihito Yamauchi