House to catch the forest / Tezuka Architects

Katsuhisa Kida / FOTOTECA

Principal use: Weekend House
Building site: Chino-shi, Nagano,
Site area: 1054.10m2
Building area: 80.74m2
Total floor area: 80.74m2
Structure: Wood
Architects: Tezuka Architects -Takaharu+Yui Tezuka, Masahiro Ikeda, Makoto Takei, Ryuya Maio
Architectural and Structural desing: + MASAHIRO IKEDA co., ltd
Lighting design: Masahide Kakudate (Masahide Kakudate Lighting Architect & Associates, Inc.)
Construction: Kitano Kensetsu
Design period: 2003.4-2003.9
Construction period: 2003.10-2004.4
Photography: Katsuhisa Kida / FOTOTECA

This cottage floats in the forest, its roof tilted to optimise the view over the treetops. The differences in ceiling heights were used to match the different purposes of the room.

Cite: "House to catch the forest / Tezuka Architects" 13 Mar 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • Cameron

    Beautiful and it’s purpose so honest!


    I <3 this form!

  • Chris

    it looks fantastic. simplicity and purity in the form and detailing to producing a very successful result!

  • danielZ

    i´m hipnotized by the wat japaneses use simplicity… is simplicity a cure for our times, for our minds? Or is it just a speed way to remain here?

  • danielZ

    the way*

  • fengjun

    I like the bathroom,can see the stars .

  • dustin

    Nice simple form. Unfortunatly you can see the person showering in the bathroom by sitting in the living room and seeing the reflection in the glass doors.

  • sgurin

    Замечательно. Просто и лаконично.
    Beautiful. Simply and succinctly.

  • kaz

    great balance…….

  • Eva

    Yes, VERY unfortunate that you can see the person showering. Maybe the client just wanted this kinky little cenario.

  • edson mnkande

    it is amazing for its simplicity

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  • RockyMissouri

    Excellent photos…! Thank you…