Mountain Clifftop House in Yatsugatake Japan

Nagano, Nagano Prefecture, Japan

Located on a sloping mountain ridge at the foot of the Yatsugatake Mountains, this house was designed on a piece of land that offers spectacular views that are rarely known. Seeking for the best in picturesque scenery, the client took up residence in Tateshina , and spent many years searching for the ideal site for building his house. Inevitably, the main aim of this project is to meet the client’s expectations to incorporate these stunning views in to the design.  When I visited the site, my first impression was that this untapped and expansive nature must be embraced into the interior to the greatest extent possible.

I decided to arrange the house in such that this horizontal expanded scenery must  be maximized. In order to realize this design, I introduced mega structures column enabling half of the house to extend into the air. To support the large overhanging floor, 2 diagonal bracing steel cylinders, each 300 mm in diameter is introduced. With this, the house is floating in to the midst of a glorious natural surroundings. With this overhanging structure, the breeze of the mountain plateau flow through the interior, makes you coexistent with nature.

The various components have been elevated through careful attention to detailing, and the refinement of the structure gives a sense of tension and unity to the space and adequate materials, achieving the proper balance between a dominance over and a harmony with the surrounding natural environment.

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