Muji Hut

Naoto Fukasawa, Jasper Morrison and Konstantin Grcic: three designers for three micro-homes, commissioned by Muji to slip away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Naoto Fukasawa, Hut of wood, Muji
Presented during the “Tokyo Midtown Design Touch 2015”, Muji Hut is a family of three prefabricated micro-houses designed by Naoto Fukasawa, Jasper Morrison and Konstantin Grcic for Japan.
The three huts, made with cork (Morrison’s), aluminium (Grcic’s) and wood (Fukasawa’s), were created for construction in countryside locations in the image of kyosho jutaku, the Japanese style of micro-homes.
Jasper Morrison, Hut of cork, Muji Hut
Top: Naoto Fukasawa, Hut of wood, Muji Hut. Above: Jasper Morrison, Hut of cork, Muji Hut

“Whenever I think about going to the country for the weekend, I start imagining a small house with everything needed for a short stay, a place to cook, a place to eat, a place to wash, and a place to sleep. The dream usually collapses when I think of the complexity of building a new house, but with this project I realised there was a chance to design such a house as a product rather than a one-off.” Said Jasper Morrison.

“There is a certain charm when you hear the word ‘hut’,” Fukasawa writes in his statement “Not quite a holiday house, yet not as simple as going camping. If there is a small hut, there is a feeling that one could slip into nature anytime. I thought that living small in the smallest of structures is a Muji kind of living.”

Konstantin Grcic describes his hut, the smaller one, with these words: “My Muji hut represents an enclosed space which is small enough to stay within the norm of constructions which need no building permission in Japan. Being a rigid and self-supportive structure it can be placed in any terrain and environment.”

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