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A Traditional and Serene Japanese Garden Space in Busy Fujieda

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An almost invisible house that seems to disappear into the sky represents an increasingly typical new Japanese design vernacular, building on ancient traditions.

This one is from mA-style Architects.

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A courtyard entirely surrounds the house, distilling nature into a controlled artifice that plays out light and shadow on the surrounding walls.

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The surrounding wall is suspended about two feet above ground.

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Rough rocks transit under the surrounding suspended wall, blur the boundary from both sides.

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Very controlled naturescapes are very engrained in Japanese architecture.

A long tradition of minimalist interiors have a peculiarly Japanese quality of calm.

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Sliding panel doors to access nature are a traditional intervention moderating the transition between the indoors and outdoors.

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But these new walled off courtyard houses update these Japanese traditions to find a way to bring composure in a frantic and congested modern world.

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By surrounding the house with daylight inside its walled enclosure, composure is reached.

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With daylight on both sides, the kitchen and living space feels abundant and livable.

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Is the bathroom outdoors?

The lighting suggests so, as does the encounter with real, uncompromising nature in these large rocks extending further out than than the wall.

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Large rocks continuing beneath the hanging wall create the sense that you are outdoors.

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As does a glass roof above the sink – giving you the sense of leaving the main house roof.

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Indeed, a closeup of the intriguing bathroom section shows that the sink is up against the perimeter wall.

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Viewed from the minimal kitchen, it feels outside.

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A table against the perimeter (right) off the tatami mat sleeping room – which gets rolled up during the day – is also a daytime study off the living room.

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Although the design solution looks super modern, it actually builds on ancient Japanese traditions.

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This new form of Japanese architecture increasingly takes account of the extremes of congested living, and finds resolution by retreating behind a blank wall.

But by suspending the wall, they emlarge the apparent space within, so instead of feeling claustrophobic, the walled space is quite pleasant.

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