ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwidethe world's most visited architecture website

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos


Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.


Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Houses
  4. Japan
  5. Shun Hirayama Architecture
  6. 2009
  7. Les Aventuriers / Shun Hirayama Architecture

Les Aventuriers / Shun Hirayama Architecture

  • 01:00 - 12 March, 2010
Les Aventuriers / Shun Hirayama Architecture
Les Aventuriers / Shun Hirayama Architecture, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Shun Hirayama © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Katsuhisa Kida-FOTOTECA +20

From the architect. The site is located in Kanagawa Prefecture on a mountainside that overviews a sea and a city. The client couple, who are friends of mine, and I visited there, when the project was initiated. Walking around in the pre-project site, where too many tall trees stand on, views changed variously, because of the slanted land’s height differences. The experience was comparable to a pleasure of wandering in a forest. Taking a walk on a hillside or feel like so even inside the house had become a concept and we went on to continue the project, taking the slope positively.

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

Firstly, we started to define what kind of places should be there on the hill and then images of four living places were formed: a kitchen and a dining space near a road that becomes an approach, a living space at a good view point, bedrooms at positions to look out the hill, a bathroom at an airy location, and so on. After that, we put these places to individual volumes, converted them to wooden masses and shaped them, conforming to each site shape and condition, as if carving sculpture. The lateral of the road and the north surface are positioned parallel to the site boundaries, and the east surface, where the kitchen is, is slanted toward the south in order to let light in. The face of the living space is slightly inclined toward the north, so as to avoid seeing the neighborhood’s building. As a result, gradually overlapping each other, the four masses were formed into one shape.

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

After the outline of the building emerged, we proceeded to create the interior spaces. First of all, we produced a path that possesses comfortable straight eyesight, analogous to walking between trees. The path connects the inside and the outside, and again backs to the inside without a dead-end. A bridge becomes a part of the journey. On the finishes of the floors, various kinds of wooden floor that were chosen to match the assorted atmosphere are laid like carpets. In the center of a concrete floor that meets the ground, thin trees are arranged so as to look like a path between rice paddies.

© Katsuhisa Kida-FOTOTECA
© Katsuhisa Kida-FOTOTECA

We forwarded the design, piling up stories little by little, as if animals create their nest steadily. The traces of the thoughts and processes appear remarkably. In the interior of the building that was shaped to fit the landform, walls set in diverse angles, various ceiling heights and ten different floor levels exist and in the each space dissimilar shades live. The wind that enters inside the one-room interior space feels like they came between trees, and it feels like sitting on a natural stump, when sitting on a slight level difference.

© Daici Ano
© Daici Ano
Cite: "Les Aventuriers / Shun Hirayama Architecture" 12 Mar 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
Read comments


chloe · September 13, 2012

does anyone know where i can get the sections and elevations

Barby Omodei · July 03, 2012

la calidez de la madera en la #arquitectura me encanta / Les Aventuriers / Shun Hirayama #Architecture vía @archdaily

Marta Krivosikova · October 03, 2010

Les Aventuriers / Shun Hirayama Architecture via @archdaily #architecture

vincent loyer · April 05, 2010

Moi je m&#39en fou, quand je serai grand je vivrai dans une maison comme ça au Japon : #gamin

Cristian · March 14, 2010

Hermoso manejo de la madera

Marco · March 15, 2010 09:24 PM

WAW, The Cervantes language. Nice home, cleaver,well done, BRABO

Norman · March 14, 2010

I am looking for hillside homes with a style similar to this one. Can anyone recommend me some other examples? Thanks

Denise Harman · March 13, 2010

RT @NicholasPatten: I&#39d Live Here: Les Aventuriers.

cortebrezo · March 13, 2010

Les Aventuriers / Shun Hirayama Architecture

WPstudios · March 13, 2010

RT @nicholaspatten I&#39d Live Here: Les Aventuriers.

Nicholas Patten · March 13, 2010

I&#39d Live Here: Les Aventuriers.

Joshua · March 13, 2010

Section, please?

manigment · March 12, 2010

Les Aventuriers / Shun Hirayama Architecture

Alkis Pagonis · March 12, 2010

RT @archdaily: Les Aventuriers / Shun Hirayama Architecture

Kevin Parent · March 12, 2010

RT @archdaily: Les Aventuriers / Shun Hirayama Architecture


Comments are closed

Read comments
© Daici Ano

Les Aventuriers / Shun Hirayama Architecture