With ambiguous spaces and few partitions, the Japanese architects mA-style have created a single-family house intended to look and feel like a hiding place.
The house is composed of a single black volume clad in metal panels. This cube blocks the interior of the house completely from the street, as it is windowless on the front. Upon entering the discreet front door, a warm plywood palette welcomes inhabitants. A perimeter corridor lined with nooks and cubbyhole storage leads towards the dining area and kitchen in the rear of the home. The bordering partitions contain voids to reveal an open room suspended within the center of the structure between the ground and first levels.
Parallel to this passage is the "free space", topped with a gable roof, with sunlight and the wind coming into the space from an aperture. In the night time, one can see moonlight and hear the singing of insects.
The space also enables users to see each other, as a space with no partition does not have the usual perception as a room. In the cube which was covered by black wall, a plywood "ant-house" is created where minimal detailing allows natural materials to shine and minimal space planning lets users define the world around them.