architecture + water by George Maroussis

 Ever since my first visit as a student, Japanese architecture has always inspired me through its thoughtful consideration of the relationship between nature and the built environment.  As I was looking through my photos from a recent trip to Japan, I was again struck by the powerful examples of this relationship, most notably with respect to water.  Below are some interesting instances of this harmony between structure and water in Japan that I encountered on my past visits. Feel free to share your own favorite examples in the comments:

Ninomaru Palace and gardens at the Nijo Castle in Kyoto

Benesse House Hotel in Naoshima by Tadao Ando

Yokohama waterfront

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Teshima Art Museum  by Ryue Nishizawa

Naoshima Ferry Terminal by SANAA

Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto

Dotonbori District, Osaka

Yokohama Ferry Terminal by FOA

rain chains by miriam_atelierdrome

Rain chains are a beautiful eco-friendly alternative to traditional downspouts. They are historically from Japan, where they are called kusari-toi, which translates to "chain gutters."

Rain chains can be a simple, functional and minimalist chain or something much more artistic, like flowers, cups, or fish.

They can be used with any style house, from modern to traditional. 

Greenlake Custom Home

Which rain chain would look great at your home?