MA of Wind by Ryuichi Ashizawa Architect & Associates

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Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects created this home in Okinawa, Japan. The area is known for its strong solar radiation and its typhoons. While the large eave provides shadow, a green screen covered with plants set from the ground up to the roof provides additional shadow and privacy for the inhabitants. During the colder months, sunlight can still enter the space through the leaves.

The first floor is raised about 3 feet from the ground for natural ventilation. A natural wind passes through the space beneath the floor between the first and the ground level. The hot summer breezes are chilled by a garden pond.

All images © Kaori Ichikawa

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