Positioned on the outskirts of the Japanese capital, House in Komae combines features from both urban and rural architecture. Architect Cafe chose to build on only half the site, treating it like a tight city plot that was then broken up by a series of courtyards and green areas to evoke the sense of country living. The house is made up of four different-sized volumes connected by ancillary corridors, all clad in vertical strips of red cedar. These are positioned to form two courtyards between them and an open garden that runs along the east side.
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