MUJI Launches Tiny Minimalist Hut: A 9.1-sqm Place to Call Your Own

MUJI, the retailer of sleek household products and consumer goods, has announced plans to sell a tiny pre-fab wood and reinforced concrete hut with interior dimensions of just 9.1-sqm (97.9-sqft), tapping into the growing trend in Japan for tiny, minimalist spaces.

The final design for the  MUJI HUT was inspired by prototypes designed by Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic, and Naoto Fukasawa and introduced at Tokyo Design Week 2015. Please see the original story here: Muji launches minimalist prefab cabins.

The cabin is meant to be used as an inexpensive option to buying a vacation home, as it can be placed on a small footprint in the countryside or even in the backyard of a home.

Large Enough for 3 to 4 People

The MUJI HUT has a timber frame and a reinforced concrete raft foundation, which is the same foundation used in ordinary homes. Although the interior dimensions are small, the company says that the porch and high ceiling make the space large enough to accommodate three to four people.

One whole wall consists almost entirely of a large sliding glass door and the facing wall contains a smaller window for ventilation.

The interior of the hut is purposely designed to be minimalist so that the space can be customized to the purchaser’s tastes. The interior walls are made from unfinished Japanese cypress and the floor is unfinished mortar. Photo: MUJI

Japanese Wood and Traditional Craftwork

All the wood used in the hut is sourced from Japan.

The exterior walls are given “enhanced antiseptic properties and durability by applying burned hardwood cladding”. This borrows from a technique used in traditional Japanese shipbuilding where builders burn cedar wood to increase its strength and add an oil stain finish. Photo: MUJI

The MUJI HUT is simply designed. Photo: MUJI


The company plans to begin selling the cabins in Japan in the fall of 2017 for ¥3,000,000 ($27,500), which includes the cost of construction materials and the construction contractor, but not any other costs, such as the price of the land. MUJI does not have plans to sell the product outside Japan.

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Source: MUJI HUT