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The facade of a curving modern home in Saitama, Japan gets a pop of color and a shaded outdoor lounge area thanks to a creative green screen stretching from the roof to the grass. This curtain of vines forms a physical and visual connection between the home and the garden outside, lowering the average temperature of the terrace by ten degrees.

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Hideo Kamaki Architects employed passive design principles to create a surface that has both aesthetic and practical value. The green screen filters sunlight, providing a cool refuge and helping to lower the home’s utility bills.

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Planted with climbing vines that produce pink blooms, the green wall becomes a primary design feature of the home, the slanted lines complementing the structure’s many curves.

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Large glass windows give a direct view of the terrace and green screen from the interior living spaces, and the lines between outdoors and in are blurred.