HOUSE IN MT FUJI
HOUSE IN MT.FUJI is a two storeyed weekend house located in the northern foothill of Mt.Fuji.
The site, molded by black lava pebbles to gentle undulations, is rich in deciduous trees over centuries. The building delineates 5m wide and 24m long placed to the limited plot open to the sky.
A diagonal wall plays critical roles. First, it articulates one building into two realms; the larger to the south is dedicated to the public space of living, dining, kitchen and the loft above, while the smaller northward is to the private area serving for bedrooms, bathrooms and the building equipment. Second, it yields prospettiva forzata to the interior accompanied by a sloping ceiling to enrich the spatial experience. Third, on the exterior, it makes the building appeared less oppressive to the surroundings with its silhouette of the inclined roof accorded to the terrain’s gradient. And last, tectonically, the diagonal wall functions to enhance the whole structure based upon the principle: a folded plane endures better against out-of-plane stresses.
In the landscape between leaves top and turfs bottom, the building clad with a Japanese cedar stained black stands like a ground upheaval of the land, where the lava has slept since the ancient times, to represent a shadow in the forest.
- Karuizawa, Yamanashi, JP
- Private residence
- 139 sqm
- LEAD ARCHITECT
- Satoshi Okada
- Eisuke Aida, Lisa Tomiyama
- STRUCTURAL DESIGN:
- Kenta Masaki
- Ide Kogyo Co. Ltd.
- PHOTO CREDITS:
- Satoshi Okada architects, Katsuhisa Kida
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