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Tokyo townhouse shows innovation in urban architecture

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What do you do when you don't have many square feet available to build on in the dense commercial district of Tokyo, yet you want to have green space? You build upwards of course.

Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa is behind this excellent example of urban architecture, a five-storey townhouse fronted by a stack of gardens that function as a home and workplace for two writers.

What makes this building even more impressive is that it is built using only glass walls, to avoid narrowing the interior spaces further. The gardens are blended with rooms on each of the four floors of the building, and plants ensure that privacy is maintained.

"The entirety is a wall-less transparent building designed to provide an environment with maximum sunlight despite the dark site conditions," Ryue Nishizawa told Dezeen. "Every room, whether it is the living room, private room or the bathroom, has a garden of its own so that the residents may go outside to feel the breeze, read a book or cool off in the evening and enjoy an open environment in their daily life."

Via Dezeen / Photos by Iwan Baan.

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