House in Rural Japan Maximizes the Use of Natural Light, Airflow, and Natural Surroundings

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Designed by Fujiwaramuro Architects and located in rural Tokushima, Japan, this Hanoura house provides a seamless transition between the inside and outside with a primary focus on natural cross-ventilation, minimizing the need for lighting and utilities. You’ll also notice the wide open main living space is entirely curtain-free, one benefit to living in such a secluded area.

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The surrounding hills and rice fields are accented by shrubs and trees chosen by each family member, providing a personal touch to the lush landscape. The light, airy interior is made from locally sourced wood, and the heavy emphasis on cross-ventilation provides gorgeous views from every direction as well as natural lighting and air flow. Overall, the home is a clean, airy space for a family that lives minimally and seeks to take full advantage of the surrounding landscape.

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