shinichi ogawa and associates: minimalist house

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‘minimalist house’ by shinichi ogawa and associates in itoman-shi, okinawa, japan
all images courtesy of shinichi ogawa and associates

‘minimalist house’ by japanese firm shinichi ogawa & associates is a 102 m2 single storey residence
in itoman-shi, okinawa, japan. true to its name, the house is built and laid out using a simple
grid system that divides the space in to three living quarters: one-third of the plot (18m x 3m)
is dedicated to a courtyard, another third is reserved for the bedroom, living, and dining area,
and the last third houses the study room, powder room, kitchen and entrance. each program
is laid out in a single line arrangement to make use of the long and narrow plot. a functional
wall unit which holds a variety of services such as a washroom, shower and closet is the only
formal divider in the house. the intent of the design and layout is to minimize on the division
of space as well as to create a lifestyle that is minimal and flexible.


bedroom area

dining area

projected home theatre

study room



site plan

dimension diagrams




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