In Kishiwada in Southern Osaka, this serene abode directs views toward rice fields and the woods beyond.

Immersed in nature, the 911-square-foot House in Mita by Takatsuki–based Horibe Associates looks out to a lush, wooded area and fields of rice, blocking it from the road and offering a sense of serenity and privacy. Its U shape and garden-facing rooms embody indoor/outdoor living, giving the owners a stunning backdrop a living experience that changes with the seasons. 

An indoor-outdoor layout allows for taking in the changing seasons.

An indoor/outdoor layout allows for taking in the changing seasons. 

Yohei Sasakura

In spring, the reflection of the variety of trees appear in the water-filled rice fields; in summer, a cool breeze blows over rice plants, flowing into the living areas; and in fall, the rural landscape turns to gold in a gilded view that can be taken in from the living, dining, and kitchen areas. 



The center of the home is an open-air atrium with access from multiple rooms.

The center of the home is an open-air atrium with access from multiple rooms. 

Yohei Sasakura

The exterior of the home is the epitome of minimalism, though adds character with different sizes geometric windows and entryways, as well as the curving zig-zag of the roof.

The exterior of the home is the epitome of minimalism, though adds character with geometric windows and entryways of varying sizes, as well as the curving zig-zag of the roof. 

Yohei Sasakura

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