The two-storey house is engineered in locally sourced timber, which exhibits a Scottish-Japanese influence. The open-plan ground floor living space is set around a large oak post (essentially a tree trunk found on a forest floor) or daikokubashira, the surface of which has been charred and burnished. Large roof lights make the most of the low Scottish sun while a cantilevered canopy the full length of the house shades the 6m wide sliding doors that open the living area to the garden.

Japanese House won Small Project Award at the Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards in 2010 (details)

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