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    Reflection of Mineral is a 480-square-foot (about 45 square meters) residence located in downtown Tokyo’s Nakano ward. Designed by architect Yasuhiro Yamashita Reflection of Mineral has received wide architecture and design media attention and numerous international awards.



    Depending on viewpoint, the house looks like a bulky camper van about to take off. Or it seems to be the result of a giant’s frustrated attempt to fashion a house from a square box. Realizing that the site is too small and the wrong shape for his house, the giant just stuffed the house into the site by force. The whimsy of this beautiful residence is a big part of its charm. At the same time, the house is also an elegant expression of modern Japanese minimalism, and an example of brilliant use of a sparse site, a requirement in the tight space of downtown Tokyo.



    Also beautiful is the way in which the interior appointments — the lines of the bathtub, the curves of the waste bins, the wavy length of the utilitarian shelves — respond to the lines of the building. This makes the interior seem larger and much less boxy than one would assume from the outside.





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    i like it - not the interior design but the architecture
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    not feeling it. i don't care for japanese minimalism, a lot of the time it looks cold and sterile.

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    This looks cramped,even for 1 person.
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    If i were single, i wouldn't mind it. Kinda neat.

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    The architecture is amazing.
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    A little too "out there" for me.

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    Cute. I like it minus the car.

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    They sure made the most out of a tiny place. It actually looks less
    claustrophobic inside than one would expect from the outside.
    I guess the bedroom is in a mezzanine type construction? (Hence
    the death stairs which is the main dislike in this interesting experiment).
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    I think it wonderful. The future, perhaps?

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