Editor's Note: This post was originally published in April 2017 and has been updated with the most recent information.
Muji, the Japanese purveyor of minimalist objects for the home and office and a philosophy of moving toward a “pleasant life and society,” continues to expand into the business of actually making homes available to its customers.
Not only did Muji debut three tiny house designs, it also offered prefab designs with the Vertical House geared toward city dwellers, and the larger Window House, which offered one lucky household to live in it for free.
Back in April, the popular lifestyle brand unveiled the Muji Hut, a nine-square-meter (that’s less than 100 square feet) tiny house designed in the company’s signature minimalist aesthetic. It features a shed roof, deep porch, sliding glass windows, plywood interiors, and a “Shou Sugi Ban” exterior (all the wood is sourced from Japan).
And now, it’s finally for sale to the general public—but only if you live in Japan, that is. For a base price of 3 million yen, or approximately $26,000 (which includes tax and construction costs), Hut owners would be able to have “very special little space, all [their] own”:
Who hasn’t dreamt of living somewhere they really want to be? The tools to make that dream a reality are now available. It’s not as dramatic as owning a house or a vacation home, but it’s not as basic as going on a trip.
Put it in the mountains, near the ocean, or in a garden, and it immediately blends in with the surroundings, inviting you to a whole new life.
Still, it doesn’t look at all different from the hundreds of tiny homes we’ve covered, and as Core 77 points out, Muji Hut is not quite transportable: It’s not on wheels and it’s also set on a pretty permanent foundation, one made of reinforced concrete. Core 77 also notes that the plans for the construction do not include provisions for plumbing, electricity, or ventilation.