status: completed in 2015
location: Japan
surface: 340sqm
photography: Masao Nishikawa

The site is located on the top of the hill over a large lake. The view from the site is very panoramic and dramatic. So, the design began how to utilize the site in order to frame such a unique and special view from the house. The living space is elevated on the 2nd floor, and a large window provides a non-disturbing view with ample of sunlight. The bedrooms are located on the third. And from the first to the third floor, a cantilevered staircase connects all floors and creates an astonishing experience. On the 2nd floor, a two-floor high void space bridges the 3rd floor bedrooms and living room. This is designed to be a center of this house and space. This symbolic void, of course, is not only in the center where all of the circulations meet, but provides a vertical openness as well as a feeling of one, a feeling of living as one family, which the client mostly intended.
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