The Elephant House is a piece of architecture by Hiromu Nakanishi, which features a cute and compact courtyard in its center.
The house is quite small, so the initial thought of a central courtyard seems quite farfetched. However, the firm has managed to squeeze this into a tiny space. While this central space is small, it still gives the residences an area to enjoy some sunshine and fresh air while still staying in the comfort of their home. The abode is located in Tokyo where real estate is limited, so the owners had to think carefully about how to make the most of the space. The pitched roof helps with this, making the interior appear larger.
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