U-House by Kubota Architect Atelier located in Yamaguchi, Japan | The Hardt
U-House by Kubota Architect Atelier located in Yamaguchi, Japan. The space is designed to be an open living area, for a family of four. The open floor plan includes living area on the first floor and the bedrooms on the second floor which appears to float in midair. The concrete interior gives the space a sterile feel while still providing a warmer than expected vibe for the space. Kubota Architect Atelier is one of the preeminent architecture firms in Japan, and are well known for their minimalist aesthetic in most of their designs.
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