situated on the mountain valley of the yamanashi prefecture in japan, the vegi-garden studio by tokyo-based maeshima architects serves as both a storage space and multi-use workshop for the local community. the structure’s large roof overhangs on the southern façade, creating a space that links the garden, the main residence, and the locals. 

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pleasant sunlight pours through the eave during the day



the most important layer to maeshima architect‘s project is its openness to the community. by doing so, a deeper relationship can be established between the natural landscape and the people. therefore, the building itself is composed of a number of columns and beams structured in a very simple way to provide clear visuals and accessibility. these structural supports are even covered with polycarbonate sheets which offers a faintly lighter color tone to the building itself at night, as if it were a japanese lantern. furthermore, the wire mesh fence of the inner wall helps the function of the storage, which they can hang apparatus on.

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rhythm in the eave spacing and doors

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locals are treated with a charming natural scenery when resting 

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storage, activity space below the eave, and vegetable garden become connected when doors are open

view towards the south

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simple materials and geometries allow for easy access and multi-use

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front elevation 

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view from the vegetable garden

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section showing the terraced land


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section of the columns and beams



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