Minka (??, literally house(s) of the people) are private residences constructed in any one of several traditional Japanese building styles. When designed a house in Ibara, Okayama prefecture, Japan, the architect Kazunori Fujimoto has adopted the concept of Minka that is simplicity of the living space. Hereafter, he introduced a more modern and spacious version of the common Minka in this small house design which is allocated for a young couple who chose to leave overpopulated downtown for a simple farm life and to be closer to nature.
Built in 2008, the house is clearly split between two spaces. The first is an enclosed concrete box accommodates two bedrooms and a bathroom. This space designed as private zone and to restrict the sunshine to the roof-space which is always open to nature and sunlight. The flexibility in this area can be achieved by keeping the sliding doors in the bedrooms open. While the second space as an open glass area under concrete roof contains entrance, kitchen and a living room that extends into an outdoor terrace. This only 78.5 square meters house is a trial which aims at fusion of traditional farm village scenery and a modern life. The architect has succeeded to blend simplicity and modern in a such flexible zoning of the house.