Muji, the Japanese purveyor of minimalist homewares, clothing, and stationery, is plunging deeper into the compact, prefab home scene. Last fall, it debuted the Vertical House and a collection of tiny residences, and its creative director Kenya Hara curated House Vision Tokyo, an exhibition of 12 full-scale homes that address the metropolis’s pressing housing concerns currently on view in the country’s capital.
Muji has now unveiled a prototype of the Window House, which is much more spacious than its previous dwellings and takes up residence in Kamakura, about 31 miles southwest of Tokyo. The simple, two-story structure features windows on all four sides, as the name implies, as well as a wide-open, free-flowing layout. But the best part of the test model is that it’s exactly that: One lucky person—or a group of friends, or a family—will have the chance to live in the fully-furnished house rent-free for two whole years in exchange for regular feedback about their experience.
Though applicants need not be Japanese, they must be able to speak the language fluently, as they must communicate with researchers and designers of the house and complete questionnaires. Not too shabby—considering the winners also receive Muji furniture for life once they move out. Time to fire Rosetta Stone! Applications are open until August 31 and can be found here.