the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Houses
  4. Japan
  5. ASSISTANT
  6. 2016
  7. IT IS A GARDEN / ASSISTANT

IT IS A GARDEN / ASSISTANT

  • 22:00 - 23 March, 2017
IT IS A GARDEN / ASSISTANT
IT IS A GARDEN / ASSISTANT, © ASSISTANT
© ASSISTANT

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © ASSISTANT + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nagano, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Hiroi Ariyama & Megumi Matsubara
  • Area

    475.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

Text description provided by the architects. Hiroi Ariyama & Megumi Matsubara of the architectural firm ASSISTANT are pleased to announce the completion of a house IT IS A GARDEN, in the forest of Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan.

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

IT IS A GARDEN stands in the forest of Karuizawa, surrounding and surrounded by the trees and plants of the forest. The house was designed as a guest house containing a private art gallery for the owner’s collection.

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

Its shape being flat and square, the one-story house has a floor plan entirely defined by five courtyards alone. All facades of the building are made of concrete walls and black glass, clearly dividing its interior space from the external environment. The house opens its reinforced concrete roof to the sky in order to create five courtyards. The exterior roofs tilt inwards only vertically inviting light as well as shadows and reflections of the surrounding nature. The interior roofs and floor levels consequently create rhythmical geometry to support the simplicity of the exterior. All rooms are designed to face the courtyards each of which is distinct in character designed to receive light at different times of the day. The sun rises and sets. The moon waxes and wanes. This unbroken rhythm of light, to which we submit the entire architecture, defines this house.

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
Floor Plan
Floor Plan
© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

In the design of IT IS A GARDEN, the concept of vertical interplay of the sun through the courtyards crosses with the horizontal connection to the Japanese natural sceneries. The architecture’s volume is designed to receive those elements in all dimensions; the slants of light at ever-changing angles, the shadow of the forest trees, as well as komorebi—the interplay of light and leaves. They keep moving and draw a garden of shadows all over the floor at the speed of the moving sun and wind. The interior glass walls and windows create a garden of kaleidoscopic reflections of trees and plants projected on them from every courtyard.

© ASSISTANT
© ASSISTANT
Section
Section
© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

Not only the courtyards, but such gardens made of immaterial elements that emerge between interplay of vertical and horizontal relationships to nature are also the gardens meaningfully designed in this house.

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

Light and shadows move freely as if they were the main inhabitants of this house. The client of the house desired it to be a private space to provide inspiration more than anything else. The architects answered that the first priority of this house should become the sunlight—light being the permanent host, closest cohabitant.

© ASSISTANT
© ASSISTANT
Cite: "IT IS A GARDEN / ASSISTANT" 23 Mar 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/867588/it-is-a-garden-assistant/> ISSN 0719-8884
© ASSISTANT

花园别墅 / ASSISTANT