House I by Yoshichika Takagi
Japanese studio Yoshichika Takagi has completed House I, a single family residence located in Akita, Japan. Composed of a series of open and closed boxes, the unit aims to gently balance the intersection of internal and external spaces. Situated in the midst of a parking lot, the residence features layers of pierced facades that slowly unveil the main structure and life within it. Thick walls circumscribe areas of the dwelling, producing porous areas between interior and exterior; public and private. Designed to shelter but not visually enclose internal environments, the residence includes overlapping volumes that form sheltered courtyards and passageways that open inwards.