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NINE SQUARES
The house, located in a retreat inside a national park on the Izu Peninsula, is for an elderly retired woman and her large dog. The building is in plan a square divided into nine smaller squares, with the central square forming an open courtyard. A ramp on the outside links the two floors. The courtyard is cooled by the breeze, washed by the rain and filled with sunlight. As they engage in their everyday activities, the occupants are always conscious of this framed fragment of nature.


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