Optical Glass House/ by Hiroshi Nakamura/ Hiroshima

Optical Glass House by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

Optical Glass House by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP. A tree-filled courtyard is glimpsed through the shimmering glass-brick facade of this house in Hiroshima, designed by Japanese architect Hiroshi Nakamura

Optical Glass House/ by Hiroshi Nakamura/ Hiroshima

Optical Glass House by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

Optical Glass House by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP // Hiroshima, Japan. Fabricated from long, thin blocks, the huge glass wall forms a lustrous veil, screening out the distractions of the city and enclosing a verdant courtyard garden at the heart of the house.

HOUSE IN ROKKO/ by Tato Architects/ Yo Shimada/ Kobe/ Japan/ image © ken'ichi suzuki/ Positioned on mt. rokko, with commanding views overlooking kobe, japan, the 'house in rokko' by japanese architect yo shimada   of tato architects confirms an exploration of minimizing physical impacts upon the environment while maintaining vistas for residents. The site's location along the steep slope eliminated the possibility of using heavy machinery to drive piles.

studiopracticeprecedents: “ House in Rokko Tato Architects Kobe, Japan 2011 wellplanned-architecture: “ House in Rokko / Tato Architects Kobe,Japan, ” ”

TEA HOUSE/ by David Jameson Architect Architecture/ Bethesda/ United States/ 2009/ A hanging bronze and glass object inhabits the backyard of a suburban home.  The structure, which evokes the image of a Japanese lantern, acts as a tea house, meditation space, and stage for the family's musical recitals.

Talk about Feng shui! American architect David Jameson built this amazingly tranquil floating tea house, which also functions as a dining room, meditation

HOUSE IN ROKKO/ by Tato Architects/ Yo Shimada/ Kobe/ Japan/ image © ken'ichi suzuki/ The environment is fully enjoyed from this space, nearly eliminating the boundary between the indoors and outdoors. The gabled ceiling expressed the exterior's roof form, responding to the neighboring existing homes. Wide openings  within the facade generate natural ventilation while a thermal storage system within the concrete slab works alongside a far-infrared   radiation film floor heating system.

tato architects/yo shimada: house in rokko ‘house in rokko’ by tato architects/yo shimada, kobe, japan image © ken'ichi suzuki all images courtesy of tato architects/yo shimada positioned on mt.

TEA HOUSE/ by David Jameson Architect Architecture/ Bethesda/ United States/ 2009/ After experiencing the image of the lantern as a singular gem floating in the landscape, one is funneled into a curated procession space between strands of bamboo that is conceived to cleanse the mind and prepare one to enter the object.

The Japanese style Tea House was designed by David Jameson Architect and is located at the suburbs of Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

TEA HOUSE/ by David Jameson Architect Architecture/ Bethesda/ United States/ 2009/ After ascending an origami stair, the visitor is confronted with the last natural element: a four inch thick, opaque wood entry door.  At this point the visitor occupies the structure as a performer with a sense of otherworldliness meditation.

private Tea house and meditation room located in the backyard of a suburban home, Bethesda, Maryland, USA / By David Jameson


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