Courtyard House by Kouichi Kimura Architects
Following their impressive COMPLEX project from earlier this year, Japan’s Kouichi Kimura Architects has unveiled its latest project. Located in Shiga, Japan, Courtyard House sits in a peaceful residential area where fields and farms are stretching and traditional architecture is present - such as a Torii gate and adjacent Shrine. Taking into consideration the natural landscape, the brutalist-esque exterior has been designed to blend into the scenery while making the best of the spacious 330 meter square site. Highlighted by a U-shaped floor plan and private courtyard, the home sees its minimalist interior configured by a single open room where levels vary to make each space independent and comfortable, creating various scenes as you move from one place to another.