green patios cut out 'nightingale house' in suburban japan

green patios cut out 'nightingale house' in suburban japan

Atsushi Kawanishi introduces Nightingale House in japan 

 

‘Nightingale House’ is a residential project by Atsushi Kawanishi Architects that seeks to establish multiple connections to nature. To accomplish this goal, the team has incorporated six multi-sized patios into the design. Two of them become part of the exterior, while the rest cut out the structure, bringing vivid splashes inside. This way, they achieve a feeling of blurring the boundaries between the outside and inside allowing these spaces to visually communicate without compromising privacy. six green patios cut out nightingale house in japanall images Katsu Tanaka Photography

 

 

simple yet stark geometries define the project 

 

Located in a suburban residential area in Japan, the project seeks to bring pops of nature within its body, generating a balance with the surrounding landscape. Furthermore, the team at Atsushi Kawanishi Architects (see more here) embedded sharp yet simple geometries that stand out against the gentle form of the mountains behind: Three triangular roofs in different slopes, levels, and orientations emerge from a flat platform that tops the ground floor.

six green patios cut out nightingale house in japan
clad in vertical wooden blinds that slightly inject natural lighting into the space.

 

 

playing with geometries, boundaries, and light 

 

Each space has a unique visual connection with its own small terrace and is organically connected to the front garden via a platform. The three inner patios act as visual buffers that connect the front garden and the interior. Besides, they gently divide the house and define the interior configuration. Hence, the sleeping and the shared spaces are spread across well-lit floor levels where the gaze can escape continuously. Overall, the gardens are interwoven with the living spaces providing a flowing spatial layout for its inhabitants. six green patios cut out nightingale house in japan

green patios cut out 'nightingale house' in suburban japan
diagonal and curved details guide light and line of sight first, giving depth and expanse, creating a loose spatial connection

green patios cut out 'nightingale house' in suburban japan
six gardens gently integrate the internal and external environment

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green patios cut out 'nightingale house' in suburban japan
wood and plaster suppress light and shadow

green patios cut out 'nightingale house' in suburban japan
the timber surfaces are enlivened as the daylight enters the house

green patios cut out 'nightingale house' in suburban japan
a platform connects to the main garden

green patios cut out 'nightingale house' in suburban japan

green patios cut out 'nightingale house' in suburban japan
an introverted garden that extends the living space

 

 

project info:

 

name: Nightingale House

architects:  Atsushi Kawanishi Architects 

location: Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

building area: 88 sqm
total floor area: 130 sqm

photography: Katsu Tanaka Photography

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