Minimalissimo


House in Nanjo is a modern gem located in the Okinawa Prefecture, a series of islands in the southernmost region of Japan. The natural landscape of the island is breathtaking; it is only fitting that this home was built to be equally stunning. Designed by local firm Matsuyama Architect and Associates, this house rivals the surrounding environment with scale and palette. The structure is monumental: a massive rectangular form which contains vast interior dwelling spaces. The grey and white exterior ensures this building sits distinctly apart from the green lawn and blue sky.

The juxtaposition this home creates between the natural and built environment gives it a refreshing, bold quality. The building is not fighting with nature; it is having a conversation. House in Nanjo unequivocally approaches the trees, grass, and sky and says, Look at me, I’m spectacular too. 

 

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