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

Pricing

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

  • Joseph Reinhart

    I like everything about this, except that price-tag; Basic housing costs in Japan, for a full size, very nice house, is about 350,000 +/- yen per tsubo (3.3 sq meter) yet this little critter is priced at 1,200,000 yen per tsubo. Anyone else besides me see a discrepancy here?
    I do; I see a 400% mark-up for materials.

    • Fdom

      Because it’s Muji. Their stuff looks great but is really overpriced. Look how expensive their plastic storage is. It’s identical to Nitori but 4 times the price.

      • Joseph Reinhart

        I am not familiar with Muji products.

        • Fdom

          Then why would you comment when you miss the point of the article. It’s about a Muji product. 🙄

          • Joseph Reinhart

            Excuse me, dear but I commented on the disparity in the area cost projections, not a disparagement of Muji company. I note the price is out of line with industry standards, and while I appreciate your note that their “plastic storage”is four times the standard price, it is a point I am not conversant of.

          • Fdom

            Exactly. So you are commenting on something you don’t know about. But yeah pretend you actually are an expert. So arrogant and ignorant. Ugh blocked.

          • Joseph Reinhart

            I commented on it’s price in Japan, compared to housing prices in Japan. It is a subject I happen to be very conversant on. I don’t know much about the price of femdom. Maybe you can tell us about the prices of garbage storage? I am sure we are all waiting with baited breath.

          • blogster1

            nice attempt at trolling. get a life.