The owner of this house spent years looking for the perfect site and wouldn’t you believe it. Kidosaki architects studio recently completed the ‘House in Asamayama’ – perched on a lush mountain in Nagano Prefecture, the house projects out at a tangent from the roadside. A clerestory on the southern facade brings natural light into the private bedrooms while the public areas are arranged in a linear fashion with a glass wall almost navigating over a sea of trees.
The single-story horizontal house emerges above the woods on four concrete pillars, and the wood planks on the exterior create a dialogue with the surrounding environment. Horizontality is reinforced at every scale: from the wooden planks and impressions left by the concrete formwork to the door handles and benches, whose proportions seem to mimic the thin concrete columns supporting the home.
Inside, the similarly elongated living room has an unobstructed view of the Mt. Asama and the surrounding green vista. Indeed, from any room in this house, the residents can enjoy the natural panoramas. Pay special attention to the view from the bathtub.
As visitors approach the home’s east entrance they see the framed view of green mountains beyond. And from this dwelling, who could beg for any other view?