Igokochi Niwakoya - Prefab Japanese Garden House

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The coziness of home inside the Japanese garden
Japanese gardens are famous for their traditional garden houses. Known in Japan as Niwakoya (庭小屋), they can be used for various cultural activities. Think of Ikebana, Bonsai, calligraphy, Origami and the tea ceremony. All these activities have one thing in common. Practicing them in peace and comfort is of the essence. Peace and comfort that a fully insulated garden house can provide in a unique way.

The interior of a traditional Japanese garden house includes various specific elements of woodwork. For example, the Tokonoma (床の間), which is a raised platform made to display valuable items such as Bonsai or Suiseki. Next to the Tokonoma is usually a pillar made of natural looking wood known as the Tokobashira (床柱). Additionally, Japanese style floating shelves called Chigaidana (違い棚) are often implemented on the wall diagonally above the Tokonoma. The floors are made of wooden planks and can be fitted with Tatami mats for utmost comfort.

Japanese garden houses often feature a narrow traditional veranda known as the Engawa (縁側). The Japanese garden as we know it today took full shape during the Heian period (794-1185), with the Engawa being considered as the ultimate viewpoint. A great view of the garden can be enjoyed while sitting on the Engawa, admiring it as a detailed painting come to life.

Probably the most important principle of the Japanese garden is that it should have a certain natural essence. This also applies to the garden houses to a certain degree. Although they are not natural in shape, they are primarily made of natural materials. In this case, the element of wood.

The Igokochi Niwakoya by Yokoso Japanese Gardens is developed to be the ultimate spot of comfort inside the Japanese garden. This thought formed the inspiration for the name Igokochi (居心地), which is Japanese for comfort. If you look at the three Kanji characters side by side, based on their individual meaning, they translate to: The place where the heart is.

Inspired by ancient Japanese architecture
A great variety of traditional garden houses can be found all throughout Japan. Many of which served as inspiration for the Igokochi Niwakoya. The most inspirational of all is without a doubt the tea house that is part of the Japanese garden at the Kōdai-ji (高台寺) temple in Kyoto. As a matter of fact, the Igokochi Niwakoya is designed to be a smaller version of the Kōdai-ji tea house.

Personal contact as a key to success
Every project is different and requires its own approach plan. That is why we ask you to please contact us by phone or mail if you have any questions or if you want to make an appointment. We are always excited to hear your wishes and expectations, while providing you with all the necessary information. Through personal contact we can be of optimal service, the key to success.

 

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