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The House that Contains Seven Gardens

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The clients for this house engaged Ikimono Architects to build a house on a tight city lot with no views.

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With three small boys, the clients were after a protected house with privacy in a large vacant lot downtown.

To maximise the small completely surrounded space, it is as much outdoor rooms as indoors.

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The architects solved the problem by creating a one-story house with seven inner courtyards.

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The resulting design is a house with six indoor rooms, most of which look out into seven more outdoor rooms or “gardens.”

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These gardens create multiple views from within the house, making up for the lack of a view out.

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With no windows extending beyond the  house lot, light pours in from above.

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Sparsely furnished in typical Japanese style, the house is a model of restraint.

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Playing with light and shadow, the architects wring the maximum pleasure out of the simple things of life.

A strip of sun on a plain surface.

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One of the “seven gardens” does strain the concept of “a garden” a bit!

But maybe the clients’ boys could let off steam playing a boisterous game of ball safely in this contained space?

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