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The Harmony of House and Garden
T
he idea of integrating a
home with its surroundings
is common in Japan. Exterior
walls are often full-length windows or
panels that fold or slide back to connect
the inside of the home directly to
the outside. Overhangs cover porches
that end, not in railings, but in a step
down onto moss or rock paths that
wander into the garden. Earth, rocks,
trees, and shrubs are shaped and
positioned to suggest that the structure
is nestling into the landscape,
rather than perched on top of it. This
union between inside and outside is
best represented in the sukiya style
of architecture common throughout
Japan. Sukiya-style homes incorporate
the use of natural materials, the integration
of interior and exterior spaces,
a general sense of quiet elegance with
rustic overtones, and a harmony with
the human scale and human sense
perception (see Sukiya Living Magazine
for more information about this
style of architecture and way of life).
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright employed
some of the elements of Japan's
sukiya architecture in his " organic
style " , a classification he coined for
buildings that harmonize with the
inhabitants and their environment.
In the Great Valley south of Pennsylvania's
Blue Mountains is such a house.
Built in 1964 by a local artist-turnedengineer
who was inspired by Wright
while a student at MIT, this home
utilizes Wright's " organic " architectural

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