Compact living can be a wonderful experience due to the fact that the interior of such a dwelling is always cozy and functional. The House in Mishuku II is an interesting residential project, one of those compact Japanese homes, designed by Nobuo Araki in Tokyo. As you explore the boundaries of an airy space, despite its unusual exterior (the facade has no openings, cut outs or windows), you enter into a world of simplicity, a luminous living space that exhales a positive energy and a good vibe. 

Back in 2004, the house was envisioned as a comfortable home for a married couple. Meanwhile, the family expanded, so the house had also to expand too. Luckily, a second structure could be built nearby. “When building a house in a densely populated area, a question arises regarding whether or not to have windows facing the outside since it can give a sense of openness but it sacrifices certain degrees of privacy. At first sight the flat, cubic building seems a little detached from the surroundings, yet once inside, it is remarkably open and airy since a part of the ceiling opens up to the sky.” The interior is fluid, there are no partitions and there’s a cut out in the ceiling, allowing the light to sneak inside.