MUJI, the popular retailer of functional and minimalist household goods, has applied its design aesthetic to the problem of building homes in tight urban spaces, with an award-winning design-it-yourself house product.
MUJI’s Vertical House (Tate no Ie, 縦の家) is designed to be configured by buyers to suit their individual living style and needs, but the dimensions of the most basic plan measure only 3.64m by 8.19m (11.9 feet by 26.8 feet) and is meant to fit on a 89.43 square meter (about 963 square feet) plot of land. This basic configuration costs 23,530,000yen (about $197,000 at today’s exchange rate).
The house is a slim, three-story building with an open floor plan and no interior walls or doors. The split levels and lack of walls promote air circulation and natural movement between the different modules.
Not surprisingly, the whole house reflects MUJI’s elegant and functional design aesthetic, and is meant to complement the company’s offerings of furniture and household goods.
The MUJI Vertical House received a 2014 Good Design Award from the Japan Institute for Design Promotion.