Though the xenarthran mammal is an odd inspiration for a building, Armadillo shares a number of parallels with its namesake. Designed by Yuji Tanabe Architects, the residence in Kamakura, Japan is a careful analysis of the existing neighborhood grid, as well as the wind and solar conditions of the site. Such considerations are akin to the armadillo’s careful selection of a nesting site, and the home in some sense is a personal lair that exhibits the collection of musical instruments and furniture that the resident family displays in the second-floor annex.  The history of the site includes its role as a political center and protected city, surrounded by mountains that can be interpreted as a form of vicarious armor. And, perhaps in a bit of fun, an aerial view of the site reveals Armadillo’s roof windows as beady eyes for the diamond-shaped silhouette of the house’s planes.

via – Photographs © Yuji Tanabe