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Residence in Karuizawa / K+S Architects

  • Architects: K+S Architects
  • Location: Karuizawa, Japan
  • Architects: Nobuya Kashima, Aya Sato
  • Structure Engineer: Ken.Nagasaka Engineering Network
  • Site Area: 841.00 sqm
  • Total Floor Area: 209.47 sqm
  • Area: 174.15 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

© Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda © Hiroshi Ueda

© Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda

From the architect. There are a few weekend-houses around this residence in Karuizawa where the area is well known, as a summer resort in Japan. People loving Karuizawa enjoy each lives in the summer season, and also severely cold winter.

© Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda

This weekend-house is designed to be refreshed, with hearing sounds of the wind, enjoying the sunshine, apart from the busy everyday life.

© Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda

We try to create the comfortable place in the sunshine filtering through foliage and the stillness with the least touches and alterations. I thought what to do for living together with nature, is to make the comfortable atmosphere that seemed to be in the womb of mother.

© Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda

So I design the space with the para-nature-like "MURA=the irregularity", and intended to blend the place as much as possible with surroundings.

© Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda

This site is on the gentle south slope, and therefore taking a step forward on the floor, approach the trees, and at the same time, depart from the ground. Thus the distance with the trees and the ground is decided by the horizontal position.

© Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda

Based on such features, then various spaces that seem to be in a forest, were designed with the layers of the large opening sections and open spaces by incorporating " MURA=the irregularity" of the spaces intentionally.........(bright & dark, high & low, open & close, wide & narrow, far & near.........)

© Hiroshi Ueda
© Hiroshi Ueda

The complicated sense of distance is composed in the rooms by the given nodes of the echelon pattern connections that horizontally and cross-sectionally dotted.

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