Bringing the Exterior In: House in Buzen, Japan

Bringing the Exterior In: House in Buzen, Japan

Grace Shu
Feb 25, 2010

One of the things that is so unique about Eichler homes is the atrium: An open-air courtyard in the center of the home that welcomes light and the natural beauty of the outside in. Take that concept one step further (which is what the talented folks over at Suppose Design Office did), and you've got this unique conceptual home located in Buzen, Japan. Instead of one atrium, they designed this home with multiple courtyards and a long corridor all under a glass roof. Take a look at a few photos and the ideas behind each element after the jump.

"When they are young, places like a narrow path between houses, the edge of a garden, the back of a shed, under the floor, or an open lot are the preferred playgrounds of children. Rather than a park or garden that was built to be played in, we wanted to make a house with a courtyard that would become a playground naturally."

"Rather than a collection of rooms, we think of this house as a collection of constructions, and we produced a design that seems to be made out of various different structures...There is a charm beyond imagination there, beyond normal home life."

"In that space the children can run around, you can enjoy a breeze while you eat, read under the sun, and fall asleep watching the stars...Beyond making city streets like courtyards to make them feel closer to houses, we want to continue to try and envision the architecture of the future, moving past the inside-outside relationship to find new types of connections."

"Just like children who use space outside to its full potential, we wanted to make equal the relationship between inside-and out by using the courtyard as a part of everyday life and bringing inside activities outside."

Find out more about the House of Buzen over at Dezeen.

(Images via Dezeen)

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