This family home in Japan is designed to let the rain inside
Normally, one of the main functions of a house is to keep the elements out. But this family house in Japan has a large, hollowed-out chimney that gathers rainwater, light and fresh air into a glass-encased room to let the elements in. Architect Masaki Yoneda designed the house for a family of three who wanted to have a bit of the outside environment present in their living space. The innovative design makes that happen by letting in the natural sunlight, fresh breezes and replenishing rain.