The Architecture of the Japanese Engawa or Porch

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 oneโ€™s neighbors and sharing a cup of tea.

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  1. vulpes vulgaris
    December 19, 2016

    i am very glad to see this video. thank you

  2. Craig Brown
    February 19, 2017

    Do you have any information regarding the home at 2:57. I love the design!

  3. MaZEEZaM
    March 26, 2017

    I really love the open idea at 3:37, completely opening up the bedroom, this could be fantastic for our hot summer nights here in Australia though you would want to incorporate some form of fly screens to stop those horrible mozzies coming in.

  4. MaZEEZaM
    March 26, 2017

    I do love these videos, so many fantastic design ideas ie 5:13. Thanks again for creating your channel, it must take a great deal of time and effort to create.

  5. Sonata Tracey
    July 28, 2017

    Bless you for the name. I've been calling it 'that japanese patio hall thing' for months. xD

  6. Jean Sebastien Malebranche
    September 28, 2017

    Hi great video! Do you have any references or more information about the primitive air conditioning explained at 4:53

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