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Form Follows Function in Kata House

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One of the things I love about Japanese architecture is that it is so recognisable. You can take one look at this building and tell it's Japanese... Or at least I can. Perhaps you're not such a Japanese architecture aficionado.

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Japanese construction generally favours simplified forms to create minimal, unimposing structures. But at the same time they manage to infuse these stylish homes with traditional elements, like Japanese carpentry. I think it's this balance between the new and old that I like most.

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The Japanese are also one of the most experimental nations when it comes to residential architecture. In Tokyo you'll find plenty of crazy, out-of-this world homes that most people couldn't/wouldn't live in. But sometimes livability takes second place to experiment-ability. The high-density of big cities like Tokyo has forced the designer's hand to push for new ways of "making" space.

This home, called Kata House, isn't located in Tokyo and isn't as wild and out-there as some of its Japanese relatives. Instead it can be found in Kakogawa, and focuses on getting the basics right.

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It's a simple home with well-proportioned open plan living areas and lots of natural light from the front and rear. The exterior typifies that simple modern form I was talking about above. And on the inside? You guessed it. Thick, chunky, beautiful woodwork.

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There's a lot to like about this house. For me it's the simplicity and honesty of the form and materials; the focus on utility, light and privacy.

The project is by Atelier Thu . Check out their website for some more Japanese refined simplicity.

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