feeling zen

Japanese architect kengo kuma crafted a private single-story house in eastern Japan entitled the ‘PC garden’. The house is arranged in a windmill formation with four distinct and independent rooms originating from the center-point of the design. A garden encircles the home, with each area relating its neighbouring room allowing the dwelling to form a strong association with the natural environment.

Internally, each room features a different material finish, establishing identifiable and clearly defined volumes. Large glazed sliding doors dissolve the boundary between indoor and outdoor space, bringing a sense of brightness and clarity inside the family home. The building’s awkward cliff-top location means that lightweight construction methods and pre-cast concrete parts were employed throughout the design. The natural pallet of materials echo the garden creating a total zen space.

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

PC garden house by kengo kuma and associates

photo © mitsumasa fujitsuka

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