In lieu of featuring a home in the DC area this week, UrbanTurf wanted to take a closer look at a property that caught our eye about 7,000 miles away in Japan.
Interior courtyards, though popular in many other countries, don’t seem to show up much within DC architecture. This home, called the Sky Catcher House has a breezy, modern, open design that UrbanTurf would love to see more of in this city.
The rooms of the house surround an interior area that is open to the sky and has flooring in a sturdy hardwood. A few trees poke through circular holes in the floors.
On rainy days, you can stay indoors; many of the rooms are connected to each other and inward looking floor-to-ceiling windows ensure that they will stay bright. But when it’s nice out, residents can use the courtyard like any other hallway.
The architect Kazuhiko Kishimoto designed the sightlines so that residents can easily look up to the sky from various rooms. For more photos, check out designboom.
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/this_weeks_find_the_japan_edition/6270
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