meditative garden views unfold throughout toru shimokawa's new dwelling in japan

meditative garden views unfold throughout toru shimokawa's new dwelling in japan

‘house in nabeshima’ by toru shimokawa architects 

 

Nestled amid former rice fields in Saga, Japan, ‘House in Nabeshima’ unfolds like a picturesque painting with its pure aesthetics and lush, topographic outdoors evoking miniature forests. Toru Shimokawa Architects completed the residence as a traditional, wood-framed volume that hugs a central garden-courtyard peppered with rocks and trees and covered in cedar moss. The courtyard extends into a south garden where trees equally emerge from a raised topography, casting shadows of leaves on the stone path below them.

meditative garden views unfold throughout toru shimokawa's new dwelling in japanall images © Koji Fujii

 

 

evoking the green, meditative mountains of japan 

 

The tranquil atmosphere created by the south garden envelops a wide veranda constructed entirely of pure wooden frames. ‘The owner sits there, indulges in his customary meditation, and confronts this landscape with a purified mind,’ notes the architects. The living room, meanwhile, connects to the courtyard with a second, expansive veranda on the other side of the residence, cleared from corner pillars. In contrast to the south garden, through the wide porch, the courtyard blends undulating topography with architecture, giving the impression that  ‘House in Nabeshima’ is gently placed in the green mountains. 

meditative garden views unfold throughout toru shimokawa's new dwelling in japan
the openings on every corner make use of Japan’s Zukuri style of architecture

 

 

integrating light, wind, and green vistas into everyday living

 

As well as carving its way southwards, the undulating garden continues to the north, east, and west sides, where each room facing it receives plenty of sunlight and meditative vistas. Furthermore, all of the openings in the inner and outer corners of the house, structured in the style of traditional Zukuri architecture, can be opened to fully connect indoors with outdoors and allow a pleasant breeze to permeate every corner of the home. ‘Along with the light and wind, the gazes of the family come and go, and you can feel the presence of the family even when they spend their time individually,’ notes Toru Shimokawa Architects.

meditative garden views unfold throughout toru shimokawa's new dwelling in japan

‘House in Nabeshima’ unfolds with tranquil views of an undulating rock garden

 

 

‘The view of the south garden, veranda, living room, courtyard, master bedroom and the inside and outside (yin and yang) is a layer of watermarks unique to Japanese architecture. By creating an integrated architecture and garden without a master-servant relationship, we have created a fresh landscape in a land of private houses.’

meditative garden views unfold throughout toru shimokawa's new dwelling in japan
the garden extends southwards, leading to and hugging a wide veranda 

 

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meditative garden views unfold throughout toru shimokawa's new dwelling in japan
the rock garden emerges like a picturesque painting 

meditative garden views unfold throughout toru shimokawa's new dwelling in japan
bedroom 

 

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meditative garden views unfold throughout toru shimokawa's new dwelling in japanenveloping the house at every corner

 

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meditative garden views unfold throughout toru shimokawa’s new dwelling in japan
 
meditative garden views unfold throughout toru shimokawa’s new dwelling in japan
 
meditative garden views unfold throughout toru shimokawa’s new dwelling in japan
 
meditative garden views unfold throughout toru shimokawa’s new dwelling in japan
 
meditative garden views unfold throughout toru shimokawa’s new dwelling in japan
 
meditative garden views unfold throughout toru shimokawa’s new dwelling in japan
 

project info:

 

name: House in Nabeshima

location: Saga City, Saga Prefecture, Japan

land area: 712.29 sqm
building area: 216.38 sqm
total floor area: 181.61 sqm
design period: 04.2020-04.2021
construction period: 05.2021-06.2022

architecture: TORU SHIMOKAWA architects

structure: Atelier742 / Kenichiro Takashima
landscape architecture: Saikai Engei / Yosuke Yamaguchi

photography: Koji Fujii

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