Penguin Environmental Design

Cat’s Eye View of Japanese Architecture Vol.2 – Crawling

At the beginning of “I AM A CAT” by Soseki Natsume, an abandoned cat crawled through a gap in a bumboo fence looking for some food. It found itself in a yard of someone’s home and said “How strangely the wheel of fortune turns! Had it not been this gap, I might have starved to […]

Rain Chain – Supreme Alternative to Downspouts

Architects and home owners often detest downspouts; they are too functinal and ugly. I agree and usually place them inconspicuous locations. But I also know that there is a much better alternative: a rain chain. Rain chains are decorative chains installed at the nose of roofs or eaves in Japanese traditional architecture.  Through them, rainwater tricles down gracefully.  […]

Japanese + Modern