Villa radiates from central courtyard

This timber house by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has a square plan with a teardrop-shaped courtyard at its centre.

Ban planned the single-storey Villa at Sengokubara with a radial arrangement, creating a sequence of rooms that each face inwards towards the central courtyard.

The roof of the Japanese house angles gently inward, creating a canopy around the perimeter of the courtyard, and it varies in height to create lower ceilings at the building’s entrance.