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縁側 - Engawa-










The Harmony Between Inside and Outside: The Engawa

Tonight, when I go out on the engawa and look at the moon...

The engawa epitomises the essence of Japanese architecture, serving as a special space adjacent to the exterior of buildings. Outer engawa typically have roofed or rain-protected sections, often found in traditional corridor-style layouts such as those found in Japanese temples.

Standing on the edge of the building, the outer engawa offers a luxurious spot to admire the changing seasons. From the fluttering cherry blossoms of spring to the lush greenery of summer, the vibrant hues of autumn foliage, and the serene snowscapes of winter, one can enjoy the enchanting lunar views similar to those from the moon viewing platform of Katsura Imperial Villa.

On the other hand, the inner engawa, found in larger estates since the Meiji era, reflects more Western influences in its spatial design. Although the inner engawa is an interior space that is unaffected by seasonal changes, it retains a mysterious ambience that allows residents to experience the harmony between indoors and outdoors, nature and human presence. With the trend towards smaller modern homes, the presence of inner engawa has become less common due to constraints on construction costs and floor space.

Always striving to incorporate the rich essence of "engawa" into my architectural designs, I imagine how residents will use this space...

The views from the engawa offer a unique opportunity to appreciate the aesthetics of Japanese culture. Amidst the fusion of tradition and modernity and the allure of its ambiguous boundaries, the tranquil ambience of the engawa provides a respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, allowing individuals to regain a sense of inner peace. By immersing oneself in the charm of the engawa, one can experience the nostalgic feeling of looking at the moon and glimpse the profound beauty of Japan.

Perhaps the 'harmony' I always try to achieve in my designs is the sense of harmony with Japanese culture and nature that this engawa provides. By GIGI





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