There are times when we long for a holiday that takes us away from our constant rush and transports us into an entirely different world. On other occasions, it is an all-season vacation home in a rustic environment that does the trick. But for those who cannot move away from their ‘regular life’ all that often, a getaway in the backyard is the best way to rest and rejuvenate. Embracing this idea and giving I a more vernacular twist is the Tsubo-Niwa Extension designed by Kenzo Makino & Associates in Kyoto, Japan. A zen-styled Japanese garden at the front is the place to de-stress and enjoy a tranquil evening at this contemporary home!
It is the space in front of the house that could have been used as car parking area that has been turned into a fabulous Japanese garden. The space is elegant, minimal and embraces all the naïve elements of a classic Japanese garden. Concealed behind a series of sliding wooden lattice doors, the garden feels private and well-connected with the landscape around it simultaneously. With custom metallic eaves placed above the wooden doors and walls hat keep away rainwater, functionality is seamlessly combined with form in here.
A smaller space next to the garden has been designed to hold utility items, serve as a parking space for bicycles and to function as an outdoor mudroom. Ingenious, space-savvy and tranquil, the garden offers the perfect escape in a crowded urban environment. [Photography: Toshiyuki Yano]