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Take a Look at This Beautiful Wood-and-White Japanese Home in QC

It comes complete with a genkan!

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Photography: Courtesy of Presello

If you’ve been to Japan, then you probably know that because residential space is a luxury in their cities, houses have been made to be compact and smart, with each space planned with intention.

This home designed by Touei Solutions in Filinvest 2, Quezon City will remind you of the clean innovativeness of Japanese homes, but with a lot more space and still with the same amount of purposefulness. (You can check it out on Presello.) Almost unassuming from the outside, the efficiency starts at the gate—while it remains to be manual, it opens upward and closes downward with minimal effort, compared to traditional latches for carports that can be hard to use once rust sets in or both panels become uneven.


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A genkan or a traditional “welcome pit” immediately greets you once you as you walk in the front door. A genkan is where you remove your shoes and wear a provided pair of slippers before entering a home. This practice, which is also prevalent in many Asian countries, is mostly for hygiene purposes, but for the Japanese, it also highlights the concept of having “a clear line traditionally drawn between the inside and the outside,” as mentioned in Japan Guide.

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The next door opens to a wide living area with windows and a high ceiling, allowing you a beautiful view of the Sierra Madre. The area flows into a smaller dining nook which can fit anywhere from a four- to an eight-seater dining set. Beside it is the kitchen, with counter that also doubles as storage cabinets.


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Aside from the chopping boards that can conveniently fit like puzzle pieces on top of the sink, the kitchen surfaces are also magnetized—meaning you can stick any shelf, case, or accessory on the walls as long as it has magnets. It basically makes revamping your space or adding additional storage a breeze!

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The rest of the first floor comes with a guest bathroom (with an automated Japanese toilet, of course!), as well as extra space that can be a guest room or a den. The room features a modular storage system covered with tatami; beneath each mat square is either a drawer or a box that can open from the top.

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Interested in seeing more in this house's second and third floors? Watch the video below for the full tour:

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