Tiny huts and homes completely reject the "bigger is better" mentality. Instead, it seems like many of the small structures we have come across - like this beautiful charcoal-colored hut designed by Koji Kakiuchi in Japan, and the lantern teahouse outside of Washington D.C. featured previously - have some kind of meditative purpose. Certainly that is true of this 8.31 square meter hut raised off a steep slope in Nara, which was designed to resemble a Japanese Torri corridor - a reflective space that bridges the outside world with the entrance to sacred shrines.
Clad in charred timber panels and finished off in Japanese cedar, this little hut has a negligible footprint. Indeed, it has only one room and a sheltered outdoor terrace that opens into the surrounding forest. But just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a lot of depth. By giving it a series of repeating frames that each act as a small step along the Torri corridor, Kakiuchi has created a peaceful shelter that similarly acts as a hallway to nature, so we can think of it as another kind of sacred shrine.