FORT7 House by Takeshi Ishiodori Architecture in Shintomi, Japan

Project: FORT7 House
Takeshi Ishiodori Architecture
Shintomi, Japan
3,692 sf
Year: 2019
Photographs by:
Studio Marsh

FORT7 House by Takeshi Ishiodori Architecture

Takeshi Ishiodori Architecture designed the FORT7 House in Miyazaki City, Japan, with a unique emphasis on integrating nature into the urban environment. The house incorporates three distinct courtyards, each with its own role, offering residents green-filled living spaces in a densely populated area. The layout ensures uninterrupted views of each garden area, promoting a strong connection with nature and emphasizing the importance of green spaces in urban living environments.

When I first spoke to the client, they told me something that left a lasting impression: “I want to live with plants.”

The site was situated in a densely populated area close to downtown Miyazaki City, which posed a unique challenge as my client desired a green-filled living space. We overcame this challenge by designing a house with three courtyards.

The main garden, located on the south side of the living room, resembles a thicket, while the sub-yard situated between the living room and the bedroom serves as the secondary garden. The third is a court with an open-air bath. Each courtyard is distinct in design and has its own role to play.

The site was long and narrow, running in a north-south direction with a road to the south. Starting from the roadside, the house features a parking lot, an entrance, a Japanese-style guest room, a main garden, a living room, a secondary garden, a bedroom, and finally, a water area. The main and secondary gardens offer uninterrupted views of the entire property, from the main garden in the south to the bedroom in the north.

The house is designed to embrace nature, with the day starting in the northernmost bedroom where you can wake up to the sun filtering through the copse of trees in the secondary garden. The glass pergola-covered outdoor living room adjacent to the main garden offers the perfect space to enjoy the outdoors and relax. The client prepares meals and entertains guests in the evening, before unwinding in complete privacy in the bath court.

Humans have an innate desire to be close to nature, a natural inclination ingrained in our DNA from tens of thousands of years of hunter-gatherer lifestyles. In fact, it may be unnatural for us to continue living in cities without access to green spaces. However, even in rural areas, people are increasingly moving to larger cities such as prefectural capitals due to convenience. As the aging population and declining birthrate persist, the creation of living environments that allow us to coexist with plants and nature even in urban areas is becoming an important issue that we need to address in the future.

We were not directly involved in the garden landscaping and selection of flora.

Takeshi Ishiodori Architecture


Tags: contemporary, exterior, interior, Japan, modern, Shintomi, Takeshi Ishiodori Architecture

Author: Fidan Jovanov

Fidan Jovanov

A young enthusiast with a passion for home decor and architecture, I love writing articles that inspire and guide readers in transforming their spaces into stylish, functional, and beautiful environments.


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