HOUSE IN MT FUJI
At the first glimpse, the house looks like a dark shadow in the forest. A diagonal wall divides the building into two realms. The wall dictates the ridge of a roof sloping in accordance with the pitch of the terrain: the building scale is therefore moulded onto the landscape.
The dimness of the entrance guides one’s glance upwards at the skylight and downwards at the bright living room, far beyond; the path leading to the latter features a subtle inclination along the diagonal wall.
The smaller volume on the northeast contains a hall connecting living to the bedrooms, stacked one on top of each other, and to the bathroom. If the living quarter is meant to be used from dawn till noon, this dim hall caters for the second half of the day: the afternoon rays pierce through a small square window beneath the ceiling and washes the opposite white wall with orange sunlight.
TThe outer wall is cladded with Japanese cedar stained black, the color of lava, for the volcanic memory of the site. The building stands in the landscape like a ground upheaval of the site, where the black lava has slept since the ancient times.
- 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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