Architects: UID Architects
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Size: 1,200 square feet
Set inside a black metallic box with an open square cut into the front, the aptly-named Frame house creates the illusion of a picture-perfect life.
The meditative stone garden—a signature feature in many UID projects—is planted with a single tree that extends out through the frame, creating a feeling of connectivity despite the hard lines of the square. A narrow garden path leads to a discrete white door, where the stonework continues inside the threshold.
Upon entering, guests are greeted by a gorgeous teak staircase, which leads to the main living space. To emphasize the airy interior, architect Keisuke Meida designed practical elements to (ahem) frame it. The kitchen and eat-in dining area line one wall, while a multi-purpose study with a wood unit that doubles as an entertainment center on one side and a desk on the other is situated opposite a cushy, brown couch.
To maximize limited square footage, storage is built into every compartment of the house. Hardware-free kitchen cabinets "disappear" into the white walls, creating a seamless, uncluttered effect. Modular shelving in the study displays a curated selection of books and art objects, and clear acrylic furnishings, like a pair of matching coffee tables in the living room, provide functionality without disrupting the clean lines of the house.A bedroom, guestroom, and bathroom can be found on the ground floor, which remains light and sunny with floor-to-ceiling glass on the south-facing walls, which offer views of tree and stone garden.
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