Japanese brand Muji just debuted the Yō no Ie House (Plain House)—the fourth offering in their line of prefabricated homes. Unlike its predecessors, the Yō no Ie House is the brand’s first single-story prefab, and it was launched in response to growing demand for low-profile homes with suburban and rural—rather than urban—applications. Created with Japan’s aging population in mind, the low-maintenance and stair-free Yō no Ie House is perfectly positioned as a home for retirees.
The introduction of the Yō no Ie House marks Muji’s 15th anniversary in the homebuilding industry—the company’s first home was the Ki no Ie (Wood House), which was designed by Kazuhiko Nanba and launched in 2004. It was followed by the Kengo Kuma–designed Mado no le (Window House) in 2008, and the triple-story Tate no le (Vertical House) in 2010.
In 2015, Muji also experimented with Japanese-style micro homes—designed by Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic, and Naoto Fukasawa—and the company later launched sales of the prefab Muji Hut in 2017.