first_img Projects Japan Houses “COPY” House Connected by Courtyard / Naf Architect & Design Year:  House Connected by Courtyard / Naf Architect & DesignSave this projectSaveHouse Connected by Courtyard / Naf Architect & Design Photographs:  Toshiyuki Yano, Tetsuya ItoPrincipal Architect:Akio NAKASAArchitect:Masaya KATOArchitects:naf architect & designCity:Meguro CityCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoRecommended ProductsCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Baguettes in Vork CenterFaucetsAXORBathroom Collection – AXOR MontreuxWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornText description provided by the architects. A house with 9 jo (approx. 30 m2) courtyard surrounded by three-story walls with large fixed windows. The courtyard provides visual continuity to rooms through glass windows and the family to feel presence of each other sterically.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoIn the courtyard, deciduous trees reaching third floor are planted with lower trees and undergrowth. Four rain chains are hanging from the roof where rain is collected for irrigation. A large table and benches for ten people with BBQ grill and kitchen are installed on the ground paved with bricks where natural light from the sky falls on the courtyard reflecting on surrounding glass windows, scattering foliage shadows.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoThe courtyard is outdoor, but its stairs and beams are the same colors as indoor. The color of sash is the same as that of exterior walls and the size of glass windows is maximized to create seamless impression of inside and outside courtyard, giving the courtyard practical use in everyday life.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoThe premises is in residential area of posh Meguro ward, a square lot of approx. 200m2 surrounded by two- and three- story houses. Given this condition, the client had a house with courtyard in mind at the initial stage. When the lot is too small or irregular shape, plotting courtyard needs a twist, but we had good conditions to start designing a courtyard.Save this picture!© Tetsuya ItoSave this picture!© Tetsuya ItoThe client family consists of a couple with foreign citizenship and three children who have spent long time outside Japan where standard size of living environment is much larger than that of Japan. We had design meetings in their rented house with a standard Japanese room layout where their large furniture and furnishings were uncomfortably fitted with other life-enriching items and staples randomly placed, giving impression the place being too small for their lifestyle.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoPossessions of the client amassed from their living in several countries, some of which were in ren A spacious kitchen for the couple to cook together, living room with fireplace, a guest room for their parents from overseas to stay, free space for yoga lessons with the wife’s friends, library, garden space, spacious and well-equipped BBQ place for the husband were among the list of conditions, all of which require a certain largeness.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoAt the same time, the construction cost needed to be within the budget. We started by three stories of doughnut shape void around the courtyard and allocated necessary function in the void. The voids were almost filled with specific rooms at the end, except for entrance porch on the first floor and balcony on the second and third floor, making the final shape of void as C. These voids on each floor are placed on the façade of the building with wooden louvers. The courtyard can be accessed from the frontal road through the void, and upper floors are connected to the outside through wooden louver and shadows behind.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoThe façade is 2.5 m set back from the frontal road, providing an open space in the shoulder as there is no fence. When the façade is on the north frontal road, the house tends to stand on the north end to give way to the garden on the south side, not leaving a setback space. (Adjacent houses actually have fences without setback.) This project has a garden in the center of the building, not needing garden in the south, and the client had requested to ease pressure from the frontal road.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoSome time after the family started living in the house, the client told us of their plan to invite their families and friends for We were glad to hear that this occasion may be the first step for the family to gradually establish relations with their community through the courtyard.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoProject gallerySee allShow lessWild Coast Tented Lodge / Nomadic ResortsSelected ProjectsBuddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences / Diamond Schmitt ArchitectsSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses•Meguro City, Japan “COPY” Area:  297 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Architects: Naf Architect & Design Area Area of this architecture project 2020 ArchDaily Save this picture!© Toshiyuki Yano+ 25Curated by Hana Abdel Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyAbout this officeNaf Architect & DesignOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookMeguro CityJapanPublished on April 08, 2021Cite: “House Connected by Courtyard / Naf Architect & Design” 07 Apr 2021. 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