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A Box Within a Garden Within a Box

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Photographs by Iwan Baan

Oita, Japan
Project: House N
Architects: Sou Fujimoto
Date: 2008


The client, an elderly couple, didn’t request anything specific, just a nice house, says architect Sou Fujimoto. In that area, they have bigger plots than in the Tokyo city center, and I proposed to combine the garden and house. Usually people might think this bigger outer box could be a waste of money, just covering the garden. But fortunately they quickly understood. I think the house is like living in a cloud.

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