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This Humble Japanese House Hides a Secret Leafy Courtyard

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We already know Japanese architects have a knack for residential designs that make use of every potential square-foot of space in one of the world's most densely populated and urbanized nations. This minimalist timber house in Kawasaki City, Japan, designed by Apollo Architects and Associates follows suit. Dubbed the Patio House, this two-story contemporary house is a real refuge, with not a single window on its facades. Natural light abounds inside, though, thanks to a glassed-in and planted courtyard at the house's heart. It's a nice strategy for increased privacy without sacrificing the sun.

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