This unusually shaped building is a home and barbershop in Gunma, a small town in the Shinto prefecture of Japan. The dual-function space was created by the respective architecture firms SNARK and OUVI for the owners of H.I.D.A.S Barbershop. Both the lower-level storefront and the private areas upstairs are starkly designed and decorated for a fresh, minimalist look. On the upper stories, natural lighting streams in from the windows, and there is a clear view of the surrounding landscape. The rooms are angular, creating many nooks for study and reflection, and they are functionally styled with exposed wooden rafters and built-in shelving. At the very of the house, there is an attic, accessible by ladder, where the residents can store their things and admire the roadside and mountainside alike.

Photography by Ippei Shinzawa

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Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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