estled in Niigata Japan is a home that does all this and a whole lot more as this family residence combines an edgy industrial vibe with refined modern aesthetics and a dash of Japanese minimalism.
Designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects the dark exterior of the house has a distinct contemporary vibe and yet allows it to disappear into the densely forested backdrop as the day wears on.
Nestled on the eastern shore of in the is one such masterpiece that blurs the line between the interior and outdoors without relying on a series of large glass doors and windows.
Walls clad in Larch plywood add another layer of intrigue to this ingenious Japanese residence where different styles and spaces amalgamate effortlessly! It is easy to see the charm of even without really getting into the finer details and the many eco-friendly features that it boasts.
But it is the central courtyard that is the true showstopper here as it becomes the heart and soul of this Aussie home where life outside seems far more alluring than indoors! Turning the natural slope of the site into an advantage the interior features a stepwise arrangement of spaces with each one flowing into the next.
The result is something that captivates you instantly with a series of thick parallel concrete walls creating a smart and stylish family home where privacy is coupled with an air of peacefulness. The series of walls grow progressively taller as they move outward with those forming the peripheral keeping out almost all the outside noise.
Nestled in a quiet little neighborhood of Crawley Hampshire the follows a similar path as Adam Knibb Architects expanded the existing living space and refurbished the interior completely by removing the existing workers cottage and bringing the outdoors inside. The result is a wonderful fusion of past and present as brick polished modern surfaces wood and glass come together in a graceful fashion.