SATOSHI OKADA
ARCHITECTS

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GUESTHOUSE P/k

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.

LOCATION
Karuizawa, JP
PROGRAM
Private guesthouse and residence
YEAR
2019
SIZE
609 sqm
STRUCTURE
Reinforced concrete, steel
LEAD ARCHITECT
Satoshi Okada
TEAM
Tatsuya Terada, Eiji Iwase, Lisa Tomiyama
COLLABORATORS
STRUCTURAL DESIGN:
bi Farm
MECHANICAL DESIGN:
Yamazaki Denko, Kataoka Sekkei
LIGHTNING DESIGN:
Sirius Lightning Office
CONTRACTOR:
Sasazawa Construction Co
PHOTO CREDITS:
Satoshi Shigeta
AWARDS
Prix Versailles, Exteriors North East Asia, FR 2017

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