Built by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architect Atelier (YYAA), the niu house is located in Nara, Japan in a neighborhood developed in the 1970s. Sandwiched between lookalike prefabs and traditional Japanese homes, this modern residence was designed specifically for the homeowners, which happen to be a young couple.

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As you can see, the design is split into two sections – a white volume that houses the open, public areas, and the black volume which holds the private spaces, such as a bedroom, bathroom, and soundproof studio. The stark contrast on the outside mixed with the warm wood door and fence, give the house excellent curb appeal.

niu House by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architect Atelier in architecture  Category

niu House by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architect Atelier in architecture  Category

niu House by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architect Atelier in architecture  Category

There was even room to include a small courtyard that is located between the two volumes. It allows for light and air to pass through to the kitchen.

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The two-story white volume contains the living room, kitchen and loft area.

niu House by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architect Atelier in architecture  Category

niu House by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architect Atelier in architecture  Category

niu House by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architect Atelier in architecture  Category

niu House by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architect Atelier in architecture  Category

niu House by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architect Atelier in architecture  Category

niu House by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architect Atelier in architecture  Category

niu House by Yoshihiro Yamamoto Architect Atelier in architecture  Category

Photos by Yohei Sasakura.