Built withing the Karuizawa natural reservoir, this project seeks a harmonic dialogue with the surrounding landscape.
The guesthouse and private retreat allows its visitors to enjoy the sight of nature from different perspectives: generous glazed portions open up onto the lush green of the site. This latter, gently sloping towards a stream, determined the orientation of the built volumes, placed in order to limit as much as possible the amount to be removed.
In each room the sense of communion with nature is achieved through a diverse yet consistent range of custom designed solutions and details, whose affinity lies in the tension towards an architecture open to the landscape. The shape of the building itself encourages the contemplation of the vegetation, e.g. from the entrance door or from the Japanese spa belonging to the master bedroom. A sculptural cor-ten perimeter wall wraps around the site with a low, irregular profile, as to enhance bushes and plants to grow along it.
- Karuizawa, JP
- Private guesthouse and residence
- 609 sqm
- Reinforced concrete, steel
- LEAD ARCHITECT
- Satoshi Okada
- Tatsuya Terada, Eiji Iwase, Lisa Tomiyama
- STRUCTURAL DESIGN:
- bi Farm
- MECHANICAL DESIGN:
- Yamazaki Denko, Kataoka Sekkei
- LIGHTNING DESIGN:
- Sirius Lightning Office
- Sasazawa Construction Co
- PHOTO CREDITS:
- Satoshi Shigeta
- Prix Versailles, Exteriors North East Asia, FR 2017