Andon by Grasses and OUVI

Japanese architects Shin Yokoo of OUVI and Takako Shinmura of Grasses have completed a house with a walled garden in Chiba, Japan.

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Called Andon, the house is surrounded by a high, black-painted wall but offers up one corner of the site as public space.

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A patio is shaded by the upper storey and at night the garden is flooded with light from the glazed facade.

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Photographs are by Shinjiro Yamada.

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Here's some more information from Yokoo:

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The garden was the one of the things which I sifted many demands and possibility.

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To feel natural comfort we made the private garden and common space.

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The one of the places feeling private garden is "under the eaves" in front of the entrance.

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The depth of the eaves makes a place to feel with both the inside and the outside.

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The garden was walled according to the road side.  It is to make the zone of the garden clear for physical and visual.

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In the corner of the site, We set back a wall from the road. This is the common space.

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These places connects building and the neighboring environment. A house is a personal thing, but becomes the part of the town at the same time to build it.

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When a house reduced something to its elements in neighboring environment, the existence becomes significant. As a result, we hope that everyday life becomes enrich.

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At night, a big window of the second floor lights up the garden. It seems to be a lamp with a paper shade lighting up the corner.

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Project: Andon
Location : Chiba, Japan
Architect: Grasses + OUVI

Grasses
Takako Shinmura

OUVI
Shin Yokoo