House of Silence
The House of Silence in Shiga, Japan looks very different than the ordinary homes on this small street. Rather than being inspired by the surrounding landscape, this home turns its back to the street and focuses on its inner environment. Designed by FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects, the exterior is formed of massive slabs of concrete and dark bricks. The two story structure is composed of several split level rooms with varying ceiling heights. The interior features built in furniture and a peaceful courtyard.
I love the concept of this home. Shifting the focus of the home inward, rather than towards the street, creates a soothing and artistic dwelling. This home proves that man-made structures can be just as peaceful as natural environments.