The Necklace House built in Yamagata, Japan by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP architects is a beautiful sight to see.
Its main attraction (at least to me), besides the unusual shape, is the bathroom. Why? Simply because it has 16,000 windows! I was amazed and found the outcome pretty impressive. This special feature as well as the house’s C-shape and the interior gardens gave the very special necklace-like continuity to the house.
The house is C-shaped because of the client’s request to make an open living, integrated with the garden. So this shape keeps it all in touch with the surroundings in complete privacy. The rooms were placed higher above the ground because the area’s snowfalls reach 2m.
Rooms spread along the walls and one of them is connected to another diagonally behind the wall. Also, in the house, small gardens allow the connection between rooms. I loved the idea of bringing the nature inside the home as well as lighten it up with huge windows. It takes the cube feeling away from the construction.