The main theme of the house is the garden with leaves which vary their colors throughout the seasons. Because the house is located in a central city of Takamatsu, priority was given to security and privacy. The floor plan is closed around periphery, and opens toward the center, the central garden. Surrounding the central garden, there are 6 small gardens located on 1st floor, and there are 2 other gardens on 2nd floor terraces. Total of 8 gardens are here. 100 species of plants are planted about 2000. In the garden in front of the tea room, horseback shaped Basalt, a rock kept by late Isamu Noguchi and his assistant Masatoshi Izumi, is placed. Overall, the house can be described as dwelling space in the garden, rather than a house with gardens. The figure and the ground are in Fractal relationship.

In order to make the garden the main theme, the architectural design is minimally executed. Large glass openings are located around the garden and they create layers of glass to incorporate the interior and exterior space. Together with window shades, various scenes are created around the garden. It produces Japanese aesthetics with “space of nothingness”, shadows and trees as natural light enters, and changing of seasons and time which will bring the richness of the heart. We called the space “HARMONIA”, a place for the family and friends.


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