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Minimalist Japanese house by Kidosaki Architects Studio


Tokyo-based architectural practice, Kidosaki Architects Studio, has designed the Yatsugatake House project. This minimalist home is located on the edge of the Yatsugatake Mountains in Nagano, Japan.

This luxury Japanese home is located on a sloping mountain ridge at the foot of the Yatsugatake Mountains. The main objective was to meet the client’s expectations to incorporate the stunning views in to the design.


According to the architects: “This house was designed on a piece of land that offers spectacular views that are rarely known. Seeking for the best in picturesque scenery, the client took up residence in Tateshina, and spent years searching for the ideal site to build his home.

“When I visited the site, my first impression was that this untapped and expansive nature must be embraced into the interior design to the greatest extent possible. I decided to arrange the house in such that this horizontal expanded scenery must be maximised. In order to realise this design, I introduced mega structures column enabling half of the house to extend into the air. To support this large overhanging floor, two diagonal bracing steel cylinders were introduced. With this, the house seems to float in its natural surroundings. With this overhanging structure, the breeze of the mountain plateau flows through the interior, and makes you coexistent with nature.


“When you walk through to the entrance, after passing through the restrained space of the hallway, and as you enter in to this dramatic space, magnificent and impressive scenery spreads out before your eyes.

“This space is an extravagant experience, a real privilege to enjoy. Other rooms are planed to offer differing views of the mountains, enabling a variety of views from each of the rooms. The high ceilings and wide wood deck and eaves enable a space steeped in the overwhelming presence of the panoramic views of the area.The feeling is so intense that it feels as if you are living on a cloud.”

Images courtesy of Junji Kojima

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February 23, 2014 | Property | View comments

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