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Welcome to the jungle: Tokyo's 'Garden & House'
Award-winning architect Ryue Nishizawa's "Garden & House," is a narrow, minimalist home in Tokyo that boasts more potted plants than furniture ... and interior walls.
Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Images: Ryue Nishiwaza via Domus
Today, a contemporary home in Tokyo that's sure to appeal to those of you who really like houseplants.
The work of acclaimed Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa
, this 5-story home was built on a narrow (about 26’ x 13’) Tokyo lot between two tall buildings and eschews a traditional façade. Instead, the boundary between inside and outside is formed by full-height glass panels, curtains, concrete benches, plexiglass railings, and potted plants — lots and lots of potted plants. Dubbed “House & Garden” — it’s also being referred to around the blogosphere as “The Vertical Garden House” — this rubberneck-inducing home/garden hybrid would be completely camouflaged in a more verdant setting but since this is Tokyo we’re talking about, the home sticks out like a giant green thumb.
To further blur the distinction between inside and out, the home also has no true interior walls (more curtains and glass and planters). A white-painted steel spiral staircase connects the first floor kitchen/living area, second and fourth floor bedrooms, third floor bathroom, and, a rooftop top terrace. Furnishings are minimal and one of the rooms even has a thin layer of soil spread over its concrete floor.
Lovely stuff but I imagine tending to the home's greenery would pretty much be a full-time job (and I have to wonder if there's a rooftop rainwater catchment system). Plus, let’s not forget that Tokyo does experience both cold winters and earthquakes, two things that don't quite jive with the design of this glass-filled, façade-less home. What do you think? Do you think you could live in Nishizawa’s latest creation?
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