Arakawa Architects & Associates are responsible for the 'House in Fukuchiyama,' a charming residential property featuring an enclosed courtyard.
The outdoor space was created specifically to reconcile the clients' need for space and privacy. Obviously, the courtyard opens up to the sky, providing an influx of natural light into the home. Yet, to preserve the clients' desire for solitude, the courtyard remains hidden from the street and surrounding buildings.
Inside, the home has been arranged over several floor levels; the architects created a complex flow of paths that allow the residents to move through the house in an effortless manner, as well as one which is visually captivating and spatially engaging. Ultimately, the design forms a hierarchy within the home's larger volume.