Architecture on the Market: MUJI Hut Is the Latest Tiny House to Pop Up in Japan

The compact cabin is set to be released for sale this fall.

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MUJI has unveiled the long-awaited design of its latest prefabricated house, MUJI Hut, set to go up for sale this August in Japan. This is the newest tiny home by the massive Japanese retail company and manufacturer — one it claims can go anywhere and instantly blend in with the surrounding natural environment.

According to MUJI, owning the hut is “not as dramatic as owning a house or a vacation home, but it’s not as basic as going on a trip.” With the ability to be transported anywhere in the world, the less-than-100-square-foot structure — which includes a 30-square-foot patio — is perfect for people who want to live the simple life, but on their own terms and in their own chosen location. The porch and high shed roof allow three to four people to comfortably inhabit the spacious structure.

The design of the MUJI Hut features a full-height façade of sliding glass doors and a small window in the back of the house that brings ample natural light inside the living space. The interior walls are made of untreated cypress plywood, while the mortar floor finish is strong and easy to clean. Each client can personalize the living space to their liking thanks to the flexibility of the tiny home.

The exterior of MUJI Hut is designed with burned hardwood cladding, a reference to the Japanese shipbuilding tradition of burning cedar wood to increase durability. The house is built out of reinforced concrete with a typical raft foundation that guards against ground moisture. All of the wood included in the project comes directly from Japan.

This cozy and quaint design of the MUJI Hut caters to the growing tiny house movement and a preference for luxurious living in private sequestered spaces. Today, travelers and even homeowners are seeking more remote solitary retreats where they can coexist with nature in a no-frills yet elegant sheltered environment. MUJI Hut’s minimalist miniature design can be a compact getaway cabin for the average city dweller or a permanent residence (minus a toilet) for the 21st-century nomad.

MUJI Hut can be built in various locations and landscapes for $27,000, although the price is variable depending on the nature of construction’s location. All a tenant needs to provide is furniture.

An international sales schedule has yet to be determined. The official listing can be found here on Brick & Wonder.

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