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House & Garden is a five-storey residence in Tokyo designed by Ryue Nishizawa, one half of Japanese architectural partnership SANAA.  Located in a dense commercial district, the site is just four meters wide.  To counteract the cramped conditions and provide maximum sunlight, Nishizawa used vertical layers of horizontal slabs to create a building that appears to have no walls.  Glazed glass windows protect indoor spaces from the elements.  Curtains and layers of plant foliage provide privacy.  Every room has a garden of its own, and one even has a floor covered in a layer of soil.  Staircases spiral up through the building through openings in the floor plates.  A similar circular opening is found in the roof, which allows taller plants to grow up through to the upper terrace.

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