What challenges did you face in the project? How did you respond to them?
Because the site is large, the issue of how to create the story of the house also arose. The circulation concept we arrived at has visitors and residents approach the house from the west, open the front door, and see the light-filled crevasse further back before continuing on to the panoramic views of the landscape. The hall, living-dining-kitchen area, and Japanese-style room are successively elevated 400 mm above one another, which creates a variety of views and moods within the house. Beyond the living-dining-kitchen area is a terrace that spans the entire width of the house and is protected by deep eaves, providing a space for various gatherings.
What did you learn from this project? What will you take from it to future projects?
By creating a building that neither opposes the environment nor fuses with it, but rather simply and directly embodies the site conditions, we were able in this project to achieve a sense of both expansiveness and tolerance.
Interview by Ryogo Utatsu / japan-architects