Metal-clad house in Japan by Eto Kenta
conceals its garden

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Japanese architect Eto Kenta has hidden a narrow garden behind the metal-clad exterior of this house in Ōita Prefecture, Japan (+ slideshow).

Cave by Eto Kenta Atelier Architects in Japan

The two-storey house is situated on the border between a residential neighbourhood and a grassy plain, so Eto Kenta designed a building that is closed at the front and open at the back, and named it Cave.

Cave by Eto Kenta Atelier Architects in Japan

To the street, the building presents a wall with only two openings – a large high-level window allowing light to permeate the garden tucked behind and a doorway leading to the entrance. In this way, the facade protects the interior from prying eyes.

Cave by Eto Kenta Atelier Architects in Japan

The narrow garden sits directly behind the wall, ahead of a large room that functions as a living space and kitchen for the family.

Cave by Eto Kenta Atelier Architects in Japan

"Raising a large opening on the south side allows lighting and ventilation into the house, but also ensures privacy from the neighbouring houses," said Kenta.

Cave by Eto Kenta Atelier Architects in Japan

Sliding walls allow the living room to open out to the secluded garden. These are mirrored by a row of rear windows that slide back to reveal the interior to the field beyond.

Cave by Eto Kenta Atelier Architects in Japan

"By operating the opening and closing in relation to the outer and inner space, we create both open and private places," said Kenta.

Cave by Eto Kenta Atelier Architects in Japan

A lightweight steel staircase leads up to the first floor, where three rooms sit alongside one another to create a series of bedrooms.

Cave by Eto Kenta Atelier Architects in Japan

Two of these bedrooms feature windows overlooking the garden, while the third opens out to a patio contained behind the walls.

Cave by Eto Kenta Atelier Architects in Japan

A second patio is located at the back and a small study provides residents with a quiet workspace facing out over the fields.

Cave by Eto Kenta Atelier Architects in Japan
Concept diagram
Cave by Eto Kenta Atelier Architects in Japan
Site plan
Cave by Eto Kenta Atelier Architects in Japan
Ground floor plan
Cave by Eto Kenta Atelier Architects in Japan
First floor plan
Cave by Eto Kenta Atelier Architects in Japan
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  • http://www.hausloop.com hausloop

    The interior gardens are wonderful, a simple building filled with life. Great post, thank you.

  • Concerned Citizen

    The Japanese have a unique definition of garden: poke some sticks in the dirt and call it done.

  • mitate

    The tsuboniwa awaits gravel and rock. It will be perfect.

  • Gary Walmsley

    I like the interior, the exterior is a bit of a glorified Godzilla shipping container.