The House in Komae Offers the Best of Both Worlds

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Published: Aug 8, 2014 • References: architect-cafe & dezeen
Japanese studio Architect Cafe designed the 'House in Komae,' a living space comprised of four box volumes clad in red cedar.

Though the house is located in a roomy plot in a Tokyo suburb, the architects built as though they were working with a compact city site. The result was a broken-up plan comprised of alternating courtyards and green spaces, creating a design with both rural and urban elements. The architects explain, "Figuring out how to live in this city-like and countryside-like situation is the most important theme for this house, and this theme has been translated into creating a new relationship between inside and outside."

Ancillary corridors connect the four boxes, which vary in size, forming two courtyards and an eastern garden between them. Stats for Urban Courtyard Residences Trending: Older & Buzzing
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