The entrance with a man-made stream, garden and raised steps. Photo by Hiroshi Ueda < > < > < >

“Nature is beautiful in itself, without artificial manipulation,” writes the architects of this residence. Located in Ibaraki Prefecture, a region known for its agricultural produce, the primary goal of this design was to incorporate the surrounding views of Nature—rice fields and the towering Mount Tsukuba—into the residents’ living space.

Built for a client who is a landscape designer, alterations to the site were minimal—including a simple man-made stream running through the front garden and along the residential neighbourhood, and an 8-metre-tall hackberry tree beside the terrace, enhancing the sense of depth when looking out to the panorama.

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