Yet Another Muji House


While New Yorkers still can't believe they finally have three Muji stores, Japan last year got its third model of Muji House.

Last spring, the company introduced Ki no Ie 3-kai-date, a vertically oriented, 3-story variation of their 2-story Wood House. [The other model is Mado no Ie, Window House.] The 3-story model home was unveiled in April 2008 in Toyonaka, the Osaka metro city where Kansai Airport is located.


Holy smokes, it's tiny. Less than 100 sq. m inside, 130 sqm including the carport, porch and balconies. Still, the interior feels pretty spacious, if only because it is; the third floor bedroom opens onto the living/kitchen below. If you need a second bedroom, there's an office/storeroom on the ground floor.


Muji Houses aren't prefab; they're manufactured, and assembled onsite. Ki no Ie is pretty spartan, and it uses a post & beam construction system of engineered wood which, as you can see, you can see. I couldn't find price info for the 3-sty, but the 2-story Ki no Ie sells for about 108,000 yen/sq meter, or about $110/sf.

Muji Ie: Toyonaka Model House [, in japanese. via mocoloco and jean snow]
Muji Ie - Muji House, main page [, no mention of the 3-story model]
Muji House Blog - Toyonaka [, their web presence is pretty damn complicated for such a pared down company]

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