An indoor/outdoor courtyard allows tree branches to graze the ceiling of this narrow Osaka residence.

Set on a narrow, 18-foot-wide site, Melt House presents a corrugated exterior.

When a young family requested a home in which they could “feel green,” Satoshi Saito of SAI Architectural Design Office took the directive to heart.

“A home that feels green is not just a home where you can see the green from anywhere, but a home where the residents actively use the external space and grow together with the green,” says Saito. “Taking a nap under a tree, touching a leaf, planting a tree or flowers, spending time directly feeling the wind, and smelling greenery is less common now in urban societies. I thought that I could create an original experience of this rich life that is being forgotten.” 

Set on a narrow, 18-foot-wide site, Melt House presents a corrugated exterior.

Set on a narrow, 18-foot-wide site, Melt House presents a corrugated exterior. 

Photo by Norihito Yamauchi

Melt House, as the project is known, is located at the foot of a mountain in a residential part of Osaka and set on a narrow site that’s just 18 feet wide. To make the best use of space, Saito boldly brought the garden inside. Placed at the center of the house, the double-height, courtyard-like area acts like a multifunctional room.

The home essentially comprises two structures that are unified by a double-height, courtyard-like space with clerestory windows allowing for ample natural light.

The home essentially comprises two structures that are unified by a double-height, courtyard-like space with clerestory windows allowing for ample natural light.  

Photo by Norihito Yamauchi

The centerpiece of this indoor/outdoor space is a "dry garden," providing some green space in place of an exterior yard. Sliding doors partition the space from the outside.

The centerpiece of this indoor/outdoor space is a “dry garden,” providing some green space in place of an exterior yard. Sliding doors partition the space from the outside. 

Photo by Norihito Yamauchi

See the full story on Dwell.com: This Minimalist Japanese Home Pivots Around an Indoor Garden
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