Architects: K+S Architects
Location: Karuizawa, Japan
Architects in charge: Aya Sato, Nobuya Kashima
Structure Engineer: Takumi Shinpo / SHI
Construction Builder: Niitsu-Gumi
Site Area: 841 sqm
Total Floor Area: 209.47 sqm
Area: 174.15 sqm
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda
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.
This weekend-house is designed to be refreshed, with hearing sounds of the wind, enjoying the sunshine, apart from the busy everyday life.
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.
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.
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.
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………)
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.