The house-shaped Asahicho Clinic, 30 miles outside of Tokyo, Japan, was designed this way to ensure that its elderly patients feel more at home.
The clinic was designed by Tokyo-based architect Hikalu Tanabe of Hkl Studio, who created a series of triangular arches to look like the gable of a house and help it blend in with the residential homes in the neighborhood.
"The roof gets gradually higher until the centre of the building," said the architect. "This transition produces spaces with right proportions, from a cozy entrance to a double-height space for waiting, which reduce the feeling of pressure for the surrounding environment."
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