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Another Serene Central Courtyard House in Japan

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With all these glimpses of filtered daylight in this home, you’d ever guess no light comes from outside its walls.

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But there are no windows at all on the outside of this family’s live/work home in Tokyo.

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Satoshi Kurosaki/APOLLO Architects & Associates created this solution for an insurance manager and a patternmaker and their two children.

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The wife also likes to teach yoga, and an upstairs space is allocated for her classes.

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The solution is one we’ve seen several examples of in Japanese architecture: a central courtyard brings all the daylight needed in to the heart of the home.

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A single tree in the courtyard centers the architecture.

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The family’s seclusion from society is not echoed in the interior.

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Entirely open on the inside, the glass walled rooms are visible to each other around the courtyard.

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Although this seems impossibly claustrophobic from outside, from inside the spaces are well lit, open and serene.

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And the open-air garden at its heart makes it possible to experience Japan’s four seasons to the fullest in this house.

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