Architect: Nap Architects + Hiroshi Nakamura
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Year built: 2012
This house is located between the tall buildings in the center of Hiroshima, overlooking a road with many cars passing by and trams. To achieve privacy and tranquility in this environment, the architects placed a garden and the front optical glass on the street side of the house. The garden is visible from all rooms and the serene scenery without the sound of passing cars and trams gives richness to life at home. The sunlight from the east, that is refracted through the glass, creating beautiful patterns of light. Rain hits the skylight water basin manifests patterns of water on the floor of the entrance. Filtered light through the trees garden flickers on living room floor, and a super lightweight tent of metal sputtering coated dances in the wind. Although located in the center of a town, the house allows residents to enjoy the changing light and moods of the city, as the day passes, and live in awareness of the changing seasons.