No-frills retailer MUJI announced a new house to their line-up last month. The Yo-no-ie is the first house to have been offered by MUJI HOUSE in five years. The basic model starts from 15,980,000 Yen (approx. US$147,000), plus tax.
The single-story home focuses on creating an open-plan space that offers seamless living between the indoors and outdoors. The consumer giant is betting on demand for single-story, barrier-free homes to grow in the future as the population ages.
A Safety-Engineering method of construction is used, resulting in earthquake resistance, insulation, wide-span living areas, and high ceilings. The U-value (heat transfer) for the Isumi Model House is calculated at 0.42, well within the government’s planned guideline of 0.87W/m2K. A low U-value indicates a well-insulated house. Insulation includes both exterior and interior insulating materials, as well as triple-pane, low-E coated, argon gas-filled glass windows and doors.
The standard exterior finish is for domestic cedar siding, although a painted plaster exterior is an optional extra. Glass doors are designed to slide into wall pockets, allowing them to be opened fully. The standard deck depth is 1.365 meters, although it can be extended at an extra cost.
The basic model is a one-bedroom house with a total floor area of 95.64 sqm (including the outdoor deck).
While the house won’t be suitable for urban areas where land is small and expensive, it may appeal to those looking to build a weekender outside of the city.
Source: MUJI HOUSE Press Release, September 13, 2019.
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