Architect Eto Kenta has hidden a narrow garden behind the metal-clad exterior of this house in Ōita Prefecture, Japan, which is called The Cave as it is open at the front and closed at the back.
The two-storey house is situated on the border between a residential neighbourhood and a grassy plain. To the street, it presents a wall with only two openings – a large high-level window allowing light into the garden behind and a doorway leading to the entrance.
The narrow garden sits directly behind the wall, ahead of a large room that functions as a living space and kitchen for the family. Sliding walls allow the living room to open out to the secluded garden..
“Raising a large opening on the south side allows lighting and ventilation into the house, but also ensures privacy from the neighbouring houses,” said Kenta.