Located in Hokkaido, Japan and designed by Yoshichika Takagi + Associates, this minimalist home—called House K—is not so much one big traditional home, but rather a collection of six structures housed under one white shell. The Japanese firm happened upon the unconventional design in an effort to decrease the number of windows and increase the insulation, since the area gets quite cold in the winter. Despite the lack of windows, though, the three-story home certainly doesn't appear too cramped or closed-off—partially because the use of space creates its own outside environment.
Modeled after a "traditional fishing village," the natural wood cabins—a more refined, grown-up version of past indoor cottages—are all nestle around an open, communal kitchen, which serves as the "town square." This airy, shared space also makes room for a central wood-burning fireplace, communal seating, and an insanely cool floor-to-ceiling bookshelf. Design You Trust has a few more shots, this way.
· House K by Yoshichika Takagi + Associates [Design You Trust]
· Yoshichika Takagi: House K [Design Boom]
· Hike Through This Wildly Extravagant Log Cabin Playroom [Curbed National]