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Despite its own deliberate blockiness, the interior of the home cool tones during and still feels thanks. Thin, cutouts that are glazed echo grace inhabitants and the windows with a fun glimpse to the level below.

“The smallness of these openings is exactly what makes the sudden glimpses of sky or streetscape they provide so striking,” the architects told Dezeen.” The way sunlight pours in through them can be remarkable; they serve as apparatus for making the citizens aware that sun always shifts over time.”

Living room with beam of sunlight shining through
Photo: Katsuya Taira/Studio Rem

Most houses attempt to maximize views, but this house in Toyonaka, Japan blocks it out altogether. Designed by FujiwaraMuro Architects, the”House at Toyonaka” is constructed from three concrete volumes which are connected by small strips of glass.

Sunlight shining onto concrete
Photo: Katsuya Taira/Studio Rem
Outside of concrete house
Photo: Katsuya Taira/Studio Rem

Small slivers of glass Allow a touch of light through
The”windows” allow just enough light into the home to cast little slivers of sun across the stark interior. The minimalism that is glistening serves a goal, the architects say. The house is positioned in a compact neighborhood with neighbors and buildings on all sides –that the windowless facade is a means to guarantee privacy and create a distinct aesthetic.