Beautifully Simple: The Courtyard House

© Yoshihiro Asada
© Yoshihiro Asada

FORM | Kouichi Kimura Architects took this site in a calm area containing stretching fields and farms, and a west side view of a distant hill, making the site resemble an original Japanese landscape, along with the Torii gate and the approach to an adjacent shrine. This environment was the inspiration for the request of a house that would blend with the scenery while making the best use of the spacious site of about 330 squared meters while incorporating a U-shaped building with courtyard to offer security and privacy. Continue reading “Beautifully Simple: The Courtyard House”

While The Poolhouse MRT LOOKS Like it’s in the Hollywood Hills…

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….it’s actually in Belguim. No joke. You fell for it just like I did…

Anyway, the Poolhouse MRT, designed by Steven Vanderborre Architects, is located in a suburban area of Marke, 8510 Kortrijk, Belgium, which is dominated by the typical-styled villa, but the truth is that the existing building actually dates from the 1970s.  The interior of the existing house was made of unique concrete floors with wooden formwork, white painted brick walls and clear open spaces, while the extension of the house was designed to be a logical response to the existing house’s history and atmosphere. Continue reading “While The Poolhouse MRT LOOKS Like it’s in the Hollywood Hills…”

Want to See a Relaxing Rooftop Patio? Climb the In-House Rock Wall, FIRST!!

In order to ensure that the residents of this house are physically healthy and fit as a fiddle, the 3 Way House, designed by Japanese design team NAF Architect & Design, includes a rock-climbing wall in it’s courtyard that can be utilized to access its floors and rooftop patio.

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