House in Hatsugano

Osaka, Japan
Photo © Kaori Ichikawa
Photo © Kaori Ichikawa
© Kaori Ichikawa
Photo © Kaori Ichikawa
Photo © Kaori Ichikawa
Photo © Kaori Ichikawa
Photo © Kaori Ichikawa
Photo © Kaori Ichikawa
Photo © Kaori Ichikawa
Photo © Kaori Ichikawa
Photo © Kaori Ichikawa
Architects
Horibe Associates
Year
2010

This lot is bordered by a road on the west and boxed in by houses on the south, north, and east. Houses will also be built across the road to the west, so our main challenge was securing adequate privacy and natural light.
As a result, we decided to design the building around a central courtyard. Although the façade appears monolithic from the street, the instant the front door is opened one is confronted by an open, light-filled courtyard. The plan on the first and second floors allows residents to circle around the courtyard as they move from room to room, almost as if they were going for a walk within their own home.

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