Narrow garden hidden behind The Cave in Japan

Two-storey house is open at the front and closed at the back

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Architect Eto Kenta has hidden a narrow garden behind the metal-clad exterior of a house in ?ita Prefecture, Japan, which is called The Cave as it is open at the front and closed at the back.

The two-storey house is situated on the border between a residential neighbourhood and a grassy plain. To the street, it presents a wall with only two openings – a large high-level window allowing light into the garden behind and a doorway leading to the entrance.

The narrow garden sits directly behind the wall, ahead of a large room that functions as a living space and kitchen for the family. Sliding walls allow the living room to open out to the secluded garden..

"Raising a large opening on the south side allows lighting and ventilation into the house, but also ensures privacy from the neighbouring houses," said Kenta.


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