Japanese firm, TAPO Architects have unveiled a beautiful timber house located in Sakura City in the Japanese prefecture of Chiba. Surrounded by peaceful forest, the Sakura Villa is a sophisticated minimalist design that features a simple mono-pitched roof with a charred timber exterior and bright white interior.


black timber home with mono-pitched roof

black timber home with mono-pitched roof

Located on a small lot surrounded by forestscape, the villa was designed to blend in seamlessly with the landscape. To create a strong connection with the wooded surroundings, the 2,300 square-foot home is clad in a mix of charred timber siding and black standing seam metal sheeting.

entrance way with glass and timber walls

entrance way with glass and timber walls

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The elongated volume of the structure is punctuated by a spacious glass and wood entranceway which is flanked by large windows on either side.

minimalist interior space with exposed beams on pitched roof

The entrance to the home is through a central courtyard that leads to the living space through a set of sliding glass doors. Walking past the doors, the walkway leads to the outdoor patio space, creating an integral connection between the indoor and outdoor worlds.

minimalist living area with white walls and wooden dining table

On the interior of the home, its jet black exterior facade is exchanged for an open-plan living area with all-white walls and exposed timber beams and columns. Almost entirely devoid of furnishings save for a long wooden dining table located opposite the kitchen, the space is minimalist, modern and fresh.

bedroom with two beds and large sliding glass door

Beyond the social areas found on the south side of the home, the private areas such as the bedrooms and bathrooms, are located on the north side. The sloped ceiling adds additional space on this side of the home, which was built out with two attic spaces accessible by ladders. This area is used for storage or playrooms for the family’s kids.

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Via Design Boom

Photography by Masayoshi Ishii via TAPO

minimalist living area with white walls and wooden dining table

black timber building with a boxed entranceway

black timber home with mono-pitched roof