U-shaped House with Outdoor Patio Courtyard in the Center: by Satoru Hirota Architects
Satoru Hirota Architects have chosen a very unusual plan for a house in Kangawa (Japan). Four elements of rectangular forms are configured in a U-shaped plan, with rooms arranged around the outdoor patio. They face each other with their back facades, creating a closed composition, inside of which a paved courtyard locates. There is a centralized entry connecting the patio to the adjacent street. Due to the large sliding glass doors, a permeable circulation throughout the interior is possible. Within one of the four constructions studio space is organized, – the owners’ workplace. Two-story building except the studio includes kitchen-dining-living room, kids’ bedroom above a garage and a master bedroom with a bathroom.