SATOSHI OKADA
ARCHITECTS

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VILLA U/k

Villa U/k overlooks onto a lush green valley, at the side of the Asama mountain. It was designed as a plate that cantilevers out of the steep terrain.

Villa U/k is a vacation retreat built within the historical holiday district of Karuizawa; its position in the middle of a thicket allows users to appreciate the landscape without being seen from the nearby road. To enhance the contemplation of the surrounding nature, an elongated shape was chosen and the southern fa├žade was designed as entirely glazed.

The floor plan responds to the same need: all the services have been pushed inwards, towards the flank of the hill, whereas living spaces were lined up along a generous terrace.

Local materials are juxaposed in carefully crafted details: volcanic stone blocks from the Asama mountain are here deployed in the retaining walls, a bright timber ceiling warms up interiors and bare concrete walls were engraved with the 50 mm grooves of a minute wooden formwork.

LOCATION
Karuizawa, Nagano, JP
PROGRAM
Villa
YEAR
2018
SIZE
1488 sqm
STRUCTURE
RC + steel
LEAD ARCHITECT
Satoshi Okada
TEAM
Tsuyoshi Oshiyama, Lucia Rocchelli, Lisa Tomiyama
COLLABORATORS
STRUCTURAL DESIGN:
Hojo Structural Laboratory
CONTRACTOR:
Sasazawa Construction Co.
PHOTO CREDITS:
Satoshi Shigeta
PUBLICATIONS
INTERNATIONAL :
Interni AWW2018

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