SATOSHI OKADA
ARCHITECTS

House in Mt Fuji main

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.

LOCATION
Karuizawa, Yamanashi, JP
PROGRAM
Private residence
YEAR
2000
SIZE
139 sqm
STRUCTURE
Timber
LEAD ARCHITECT
Satoshi Okada
TEAM
Eisuke Aida, Lisa Tomiyama
COLLABORATORS
STRUCTURAL DESIGN:
Kenta Masaki
CONTRACTOR:
Ide Kogyo Co. Ltd.
PHOTO CREDITS:
Satoshi Okada architects, Katsuhisa Kida
AWARDS
JAPAN:
Architecture of the Year 2000
PUBLICATIONS
INTERNATIONAL:
Bravacasa 02/2012, Konsept Projeler 2012, 200 Houses 2011, Architectural Creations 01/2009, 200 Outstanding House Ideas 2009, Hise vol. 47, FUTU Magazine 06-07/07, Grand Designs no. 032, DOMES vol. 46, New Country House 2005, The Contemporary Guesthouse 2005, Living Plans 2005, Today's Country Houses 2005, Dwell Magazine 07 - 08/2004, Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture 2004, Case di Vacanza 2004, Within Small Homes 2003, Mini House 2003, Interior World Magazine vol. 26, Dream Houses 2002, 20 Architetti per Venti Case 2002, 45 Under 45: Young Architecture 2002, 100 of the Wolrd Best Houses 2002, Ville Giardini vol. 377, Country Modern 2001, The House Book 2001, Four Rooms 02/2001, Monitor Magazine 01/2001, Abstract vol. 6/7, Architectura Viva 07-08/2001, Casabella vol. 688, Baumeister 12/2000, md international magazine of design 12/2000, The Architectural Review 07/2000;
JAPAN:
Shinkenchiku 75, Contemporary Architecture in Japan vol.4 2011, GA Houses 59 Project 1999, Stringent Selection : Architects Directory 2003;

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