This cool home designed by architect Daisuke Maeda of Sequence Studio and Ohno Japan is a great example of how minimalist Japanese architecture can make a maximum impact. The architect describes design as consisting of just two elements: “roof and wall.” The roof of this modern house is like a reverse umbrella, which allows rain to fall into the interior courtyard. The exterior walls are an iron sheet, creating a contemporary skin for the house. Inside, walls are described as a “windmill,” offering a natural flow from one living area to the next. Located in Saikai Nagasaki, Japan, the property is surrounded by bamboo forest with views of majestic mountains and a vast sky. The breathtaking natural vistas have inspired much of this down-to-earth design. Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows transform these awesome outdoor views into a beautifully framed and showcased interior feature. As described by the architect, “[Residents] are surrounded by the scenery. Moreover, it becomes a fluid space, and the resident will live in the sequence of nature … This architecture has the movement of the sky and the cloud, [greenery] and wind.”
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