Architects: mA-style Architects
Location: Hamamatsu, Japan
The House of Garden is where the client was born and raised. Now, only his parents live there. There is a space contiguous to the existing house. mA-style Architects did the architectural planning for this newly married client couple by using the space. The main building where the parents live is old and heavy undressed concrete.
The style has become a familiar nowadays, but that must have attracted a great deal of attention at that time. There is a space in the west side of the house. Before the construction, the space was used as the garden. The garden had the various woods and the flowers, it was like a beautiful park. The view made the architect forget that he was in a residential area. The architects felt that the garden was too beautiful to get built on. mA-style Architects started the plan from investigating the yard carefully. Normally they plan the shape of the house at the beginning, but the garden is already perfect. They thought the important thing is the harmony between the beautiful garden and the house. The architects looked for what the house should be. They tried to express the relation inside and outside by removing deification of border between the house and the garden. At first, they arranged the boxes in the garden. Then these boxes where composed from only functional space for living there.
The shape is one-story house. The architects paid attention and keep the sense of distance between each space. Then they put a thin flat roof over the boxes. After all this a borderless space appeared between the boxes and the outside. The sunlight and the blowing wind floods the space.
As the resident enter to the indoor space it feels as if they walked into the garden. The indoor space like the garden, conversely, the garden like the indoor space. This is the house of garden. To express the borderless space, the architects adopted the wooden frame sliding door of glass. By doing so, they could catch the sight of garden even if doors where closed. In the living space, they made arrangements for plain structure not to emphasize by fittings and other details. By showing the totality, the relation between inside and outside is set more. Thus they created ambiguous house. For that reason the house has that ambiguous quality, the space which includes the house and the garden undergo changes daily by behavior and feeling of the residents. And the space is also affected by four seasons that Japan has. This is the worthily architectural style for the house of garden.