In this video I discuss the layout of the engawa and offer modern architectural examples that make use of the engawa.
The engawa is a uniquely Japanese space, neither completely enclosed or completely open. It’s a generous hallway, a roofed transition zone, located between the interior rooms in a Japanese home and the garden, created by extending the interior floor outward. In Japanese culture it has a social importance, providing an informal meeting space, a place for sitting, greeting one’s neighbors and sharing a cup of tea.
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