Forging along with my preview of the Good Design Awards, today we enter the architecture category.

Name: N2-house (carved out house)
Architect: Architect Show
By creating an incision in the façade the architect has invited the outdoors in, while maintaining a level of privacy and comfort. The emphasis on straight lines also contributes to a feeling of openness and freedom.

Name: House & Yard
Architect: Terajima Architects
Building in central Tokyo comes with all sorts of obstacles, such as the denseness and proximity of neighbors and the prevalence of high-rise apartments and office buildings. By incorporating the Japanese character Ko (コ – basically a sideways U) into the design of the courtyard the architect managed to create an abundance of greenery that can be seen from any room of the house.