Manta House in Japan's Ehime Prefecture looks like it has been covered by a gently laid blanket that shelters the stunning daylit interior and frames the beautiful green space. Kobe-based y+M design office designed the structure as a home for a couple and their two kids and used the idea of the "blanket" covering and uniting three distinct spaces: an indoor garden, a private garden and terrace.
The architects introduced a blanket-like roof surface which creates a sense of openness and spaciousness. In order to provide good natural ventilation and lighting, the architects created a gently sloping high ceiling that covers two green areas and a terrace, which allows the family to enjoy nature.
The volume blurs the line between the interior and exterior and connects seamlessly the tea room and the parking area. The living room offers views not only of the inner garden, but also the vast forest of plum trees with crowns protruding beyond the roof surface. In summer, the family can use the deck facing the sun, while during the winter, the design allows heat to enter the space and warm it.
Photos by Yohei Sasakura / Sasa no kurasya