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Hitoshi Arato
Jul 9, 2021

Completed in 2006, the Ghost House, designed by Japanese studio Datar Architecture is one of Japan’s most minimalist houses.

Tokyo-based DATAR Architecture designed The Ghost House in Suginami (Tokyo) in 2006. DATAR Architects adopted the archetypal primitive hut-like house. The house is reminiscent of a blank canvas. It’s all white, except for the floors. All the other architecture elements are white—white on the outside and white on the inside.

However, unlike the image of a child’s simple drawing, they chose to exaggerate the building’s ghostly silhouette, presenting a mute character. By contrast, internal spaces express an eccentric character in response to client requirements. Scaleless from the outside, accommodation is on three levels, with intricate ramps and steps.

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Hitoshi Arato
July 9, 2021

Completed in 2006, the Ghost House, designed by Japanese studio Datar Architecture is one of Japan’s most minimalist houses.

Tokyo-based DATAR Architecture designed The Ghost House in Suginami (Tokyo) in 2006. DATAR Architects adopted the archetypal primitive hut-like house. The house is reminiscent of a blank canvas. It’s all white, except for the floors. All the other architecture elements are white—white on the outside and white on the inside.

However, unlike the image of a child’s simple drawing, they chose to exaggerate the building’s ghostly silhouette, presenting a mute character. By contrast, internal spaces express an eccentric character in response to client requirements. Scaleless from the outside, accommodation is on three levels, with intricate ramps and steps.

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