MYZ family house

When budget is the most important consideration in designing and building a home, economy tends to outweigh aesthetics and even usability. But with ‘MYZ Nest’, a house inspired by animal nests, Japanese architecture firm no.555 has proven that even small and humble residences can be thoughtful and visually interesting.

house inspired by animal nests

animal nest house interior

The rectangular residence beside a rice field in Matsumoto is low to the ground and partially built into the earth to echo the feeling of a burrow, like that of rabbits. This creates a tunnel effect inside, and the soil built up around one side provides additional insulation.

MYZ nest house exterior
Inside, the walls are lined with cement-bonded wood chip boards, a material that is common in low-budget housing but often covered with other materials. Here, the texture of the wood chips is left visible intentionally because the designers felt that it calls the compacted twigs of a bird’s nest to mind.

Glass facade MYZ family house

The open space inside, lacking any interior walls, enables residents to divide the home as they see fit, adapting it to their own needs. One large floor-to-ceiling glass wall of this low budget nest house enhances the residents’ connection to the natural environment.

MYZ nest house in landscape

“My initial instinct was to build a structure that captured the feeling of the surrounding natural environment,” says the architect. “Architecture being an artificial construct made this a challenge. Rather than simply imitating forms found in nature I tried to create an abstract representation that still imparts a feeling of nature.”

MYZ family house glass window

“The building filled with soil, and low proportions. Levels in each room is a little lower, the animals like to enter in ‘nest.’ Also the concrete wall is like a bird nest of woven grass. I aimed ‘the quiet architecture’ idyllic landscape.”