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Puddle in the House: Ultra-modern inner courtyard (Japan)

In the Centre of the house in nature has got a special place. The open courtyard can detect light and air, rainwater spreads in a puddle on the ground. The Japanese architect Masaki Yoneda completely reinterpreted the classic patio.

In this Japanese City House architect Masaki Yoneda somewhat irreverent “puddle” to puddle calls, different worlds to meet and experience. A House that almost hermetically seals to the outside, but inside the natural is the way to make unusually clearly noticeable in the form of light air and precipitation.

Masaki Yoneda
Photo: Masaki Yoneda

The courtyard here meets with its long tradition in the Mediterranean and in the Arab peninsula, modern Japanese architecture factual and very meditative.

The rain in a puddle gathers in the center of the House

With its high walls, the courtyard, around which the town house for a three-member family in the densely populated Matsusaka grouped city in southwestern of Japan, looks more like a manhole. At a glance upward the cut-out of the sky becomes visible. Daylight penetrates through several Windows and large glass panes in the different levels of the House.

Masaki Yoneda
Photo: Masaki Yoneda

A door in the upper floor leads directly onto a small platform on the inside of the shaft. Their function is unique: she’s the retreat for a person in the middle of the House but under the open sky.

Masaki Yoneda
Photo: Masaki Yoneda

A half-day later shows a circular opening on the concrete floor. Through it runs the rain and accumulates in a low glass-enclosed room in a puddle, which gave the name to the entire House. While the family at the dining table, she may look like the puddle is larger or smaller depending on the amount of precipitation. The water volume is too large, she can flow at the back through the hole in the channel.

In a preschool play in the rain children in huge puddle

The way in which the nature is taken here architecturally, is certainly a matter of taste. Not everyone may like the purist style. On the other hand, it speaks for the architect and the builders also to have found their own solutions for special needs. In another case, the architect, had also planted a tree in a courtyard in the center of a House, and involved in the life of the inhabitants.

Masaki
Photo: Masaki Yoneda

The building of a nursery school, which was completed last year in Kumamoto City shows that building with the involvement of the rain water is not an isolated case. Here, the architect of Taku Hibino by Hibino Sekkei architects had planned the airy building of the preschool open-plan around a long narrow courtyard.

On dry days, the Court as a field works for ball games. When it rains, the area but turns into a huge puddle in which one must probably twice invite children to the game. In winter, it can be even skating on the frozen surface.