Studio and home of Ikimono Architects

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If Japanese architects talk about bonding the interior with nature, and you don’t really know what they mean, this house from Ikimono Architects will explain it all.

When architects design something for themselves, especially a space where they will work and live, you can be sure that house will tell more about their design methods than anything else. Atelier Tenjinyama shows exactly, that if the designers at Ikimono Architects talk about bringing the nature inside the house, they really mean it. They think a house’s job is to protect you from the rain and wind, and their extraordinary atelier does just that.

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The house has only four reinforced concrete walls – these walls more or less separate the indoor space from the outside. Thanks to the roof completely made of glass, the sensation of being outside remains in the interior as well. This is also helped by the huge trees that show the change of the seasons, and the inevitable passing of time.

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The people living and working in this house are always exposed to nature, regardless of their urban surroundings. In the winter, when the snow covers the glass roof, they only get filtered sunlight from above, but in the summer they have to use umbrellas against the sun, if the shadow of the trees isn’t protecting enough. They can enjoy nature, not prevent it.

The word in architectural psychology is that creatives (like architects or other designers) can work better under high ceilings: they need space for their creative thoughts. Now imagine when this ceiling is almost non-existant, and the limit is the sky. I bet it results in limitless ideas too.

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How would you like to live this close to nature while staying within the city borders? Well I bet none of us would say no to some relaxing star watching before falling asleep every night.

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All images and photos © Ikimono Architects.

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