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[UPDATE] November 8, 2017 12:00. EST: These minimalist micro-huts are now available to buy exclusively in Japan from MUJI’s official Japanese website.

MUJI is known for designing Japanese-inspired minimalist homeware, but now the brand is expanding into building actual homes. Called the “MUJI Hut,” the tiny space is primarily designed as a weekend getaway but could feasibly be used as a full-time home for a very minimalist-minded person.

MUJI explained the idea behind its concept saying, “who hasn’t dreamt of living somewhere they really want to be? The tools to make that dream a reality are now available.”

“Put it in the mountains, near the ocean, or in a garden, and it immediately blends in with the surroundings, inviting you to a whole new life,” the brand continues. “This was the vision behind our radically new MUJI hut concept’.

Coming in at just under 10 square meters, the hut is cosy but large enough for up to four people to sit in. The interior is made of untreated cedar so the buyer has the chance to customize the hut to their own taste, and the house is flooded with natural light thanks to the sliding door and additional facing window. The exterior includes burned hardwood to help the house brave the natural elements, and like more traditional homes, it’s built upon a raft foundation to protect the house from ground moisture.

The huts will go on sale this autumn in Japan and will cost around $27,000.

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