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An Austere Private Home in Japan Invites Meditation

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Here is yet another reticent home hidden in plain view from Form/ Kouichi Kimura. Their Gable House is located in Shiga, Japan.
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The site is in an uninviting urban setting, on a heavily traveled main road. But the clients hoped to create a serene retreat.

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So, the entrance shields the house interior from view. The light coming into this front entrance comes through these openings in the roof.

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By day, that light creates an infinite view as daylight bounces off the exterior privacy wall.

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The interior is drenched by a cool light from above.

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Instead of windows out, revealing the uninviting exterior of industrial street views, light is everywhere poured down from skylights.

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So this entrance doubles as an austere meditation space/living room.
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Set up stairs from the open living area, at the entrance to the private part of the house, is a study.

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The study retreats back from the main living space, creating an inviting space to read.
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Behind the study is the simple kitchen.

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To the other side of the study, the bedroom.

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From the bedroom the view is also serene and peaceful.

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Hallways to the bedroom also open onto drenched skylight views.
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Kimura has proved to be adept at providing many tranquil views within a small space, in circumstances where the world outside is harsh and uninviting.

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