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This House Has a Wall You Can Crawl Into Like a Kangaroo Pouch

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Instead of windows, architect Hiroshi Nakamura installed on the street facing wall of this Japanese townhouse a glowing indentation for a child to crawl into as a joey would crawl into a kangaroo's pouch. It may seem like an odd choice, and that's because it definitely is. But does it work? Quite possibly. Nakamura explains, "When a room is simply a box with furniture, residents have no catalysts to activate their behavior. This house, in contrast, abounds with catalysts that will become familiar pleasures with long use. Here, the residents will enjoy an intimate relationship with the house, and new uses, meanings, and actions will be born as a result." In any case, the pouch does seem to be calling to us...

· This Japanese House Has a Cozy 'Kangaroo Pouch' [Apartment Therapy]