Daita

Suzuko Yamada Architects
Tokyo, Japan

Suzuko Yamada has designed a house inspired by Rwandan forests for a small corner lot in a Tokyo residential neighborhood.

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Photos: © Yurika Kono

The house rose on the idea of something that would be easy to enlarge, refurbish, and revamp through a structure of steel bars serving as prelude to an intricate indoor forest of timber beams and pillars. All elements are exposed to view so that supports, bracings, pipings and the like are dispersed amid books, jardinières, and plants giving form to the scenes of everyday life.

The boundary between inside and outside is blurred, there is no clear built limit. The symbiosis between the garden and the house is such that the fruit trees and other plants are confused with the scheme of metal bars forming the porch, the stairs facilitate pruning, the walkways serve as guides for the vines, and the branches contribute to ensuring privacy indoors.

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