This minimalist polygonal home in Chiba Minamiboso is both delicate and sturdy, like a shell, and it makes the seaside surrounding it even more magical than it already is. Designed by Takeshi Hirobe Architects, the 73.84 m2 weekend home with a footprint of less than 500 m2 is a succinct design that makes the most of its available space.
The flooring in the home is made from rosewood, which is sustainable if sourced from either Bolivia or Brazil, and skylights in the tilted roofs usher in just the right amount of daylight. At night, the home gives off a soft glow with its indirect lighting. All of the plumbing has been centralized, cutting back on materials, and real shells have been built directly into the wall panels. This reduces the need to pay for additional furniture and also maintains the design’s continuity.
The triangular windows, in addition to being very attractive, have a structural purpose that enabled the designers to maintain the “shell” theme. Lastly, the exterior deck includes a sliver of gravel that absorbs rainwater runoff. Small and compact, this home has a minuscule carbon footprint, while at the same time doing wonders for the soul.