Nobuhiro Tsukada Architects had outdone themselves with the “Earth House” located just outside of Tokyo, Japan. The structure incorporates something that we haven’t seen done successfully– and that’s a funnel type concrete structure through the middle that helps with water cycling, plant growth and remaining connected to the earth.
One side of the building’s facade is completely in the open for passersby to view, and thus the inhabitants were concerned for privacy. Not something you might think about in a home that’s surrounded by concrete and dirt. But the dwellers have space up on the second floor to look out and view the top portion of the “funnel” or courtyard, in order to gain privacy and focus on nature.
The first floor gets the channeled rainwater brought down from the upper, wider, funnel portion. The lighting given in the lower areas are majorly from skylights.