Japanese architect Shinya Miura has completed a house in Shizuoka with three courtyards concealed inside.
Glass walls surround each courtyard to draw natural daylight into the rooms of the residence, which is named Izukougen House.
Windows are scattered across the facade at different heights, even though the house has only one primary storey.
We've featured a few popular houses in Japan recently - see them here, including one with a triangular courtyard sliced through its centre.
Here's a little more information from the architect:
This residential project for a couple who live in forestal resort area near the ocean in the Izu peninsula area, Japan.
Fitting onto a narrow strip of land, the design is carefully structured.
Three internal courtyards govern the interior volume, and provide a sense of openness.
Extending through the ceiling, the voids act as light wells that flood the neutral interior spaces with natural light and ventilation.
A long window on the east side of the dwelling provides a parallel view of the ocean in the distance, while breaking up the longitudinal form, framing and optimizing views of the lush garden and surrounding scenery.
Location: Shizuoka (Japan)
Structure: timber structure
Built area: 105.17m2
Total floor area:105.17m2
Structural engineering: Shibamura structural design office
Constructor: Daido Kogyo
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