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From a groundbreaking seaside museum in China to an elegant new sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Azure’s July/August issue unveils the 20 winners of the ninth annual AZ Awards!

It was during Tokyo Design Week 2015 that Muji first teased Muji Hut, its proposed line of minimalist prefab tiny homes. That first incarnation featured three unique prototypes, designed by Naoto Fukasawa, Jasper Morrison and Konstantin Grcic, respectively, each imagined for installation in a countryside setting.

Now, the purveyor of unbranded household and lifestyle items has announced that its Muji Hut is coming to market. For ¥3,000,000 (approximately CAD$36,800), consumers will be able to purchase a kit to assemble their very own Japanese minimalist tiny home.

The Muji Hut is a one-room space measuring a mere nine square metres, with a covered porch that provides an additional three square metres of living space. Employing the traditional shou sugi ban technique, the exterior is clad in burnt cedar that has been treated with an oil stain finish. A pitched roof creates a high ceiling which, along with a large sliding glass door and a smaller window at the back, keep the space feeling open and bright.

Unfinished Japanese cypress plywood forms the interior walls, so Muji Hut buyers can customize the inside as they wish. Mortar floors keep the space easy to clean.

The company hasn’t clarified whether the prefab home will come with plumbing or electrical hookups; an electrical outlet is pictured in the promotional images, but a sink and toilet are noticeably absent. And, unlike most other tiny homes, the Muji Hut sits on a concrete slab foundation, making it more like a bunkie than a house for nomads.

The kit will be available for purchase this fall – in Japan only, with no plans announced for wider release – and the price, according to Muji, includes “the costs of materials needed for construction, and operating costs of the construction contractor.”

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