MIYAZAKE – Located on a busy road in Miyazake, Japan, architect Michiya Tsukano turned a Japanese home into an oasis of minimalist calm.

A wall of white concrete wraps the entire house, blocking the house from the crowd but leaving space for sunlight to enter the inner courtyard, Tsukano says.

White stones create a buffer between the wall and the house's interior, an exercise in simplicity with hardwood floors.

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Images courtesy Kenichi Asano