House Asama

JA+U : House Asama by Atelier Bow-Wow + T. I. T Tsukamoto Lab ©Shinkenchiku-sha

This 87 m2 (936.5 ft2), hip-roofed weekend house is located in a forest overlooking Mt. Asama in a popular getaway from Tokyo, Karuizawa.

JA+U : House Asama by Atelier Bow-Wow + T. I. T Tsukamoto Lab ©Shinkenchiku-sha

Space above the open plan interior is divided by walls that hang from the ceiling. In the center is a kitchen / dining area, topped by the skylight in the roof’s center. The roof slopes in four directions, defining the semi-partitioned rooms that radiate around the central kitchen below.

JA+U : House Asama by Atelier Bow-Wow + T. I. T Tsukamoto Lab ©Shinkenchiku-sha

The home’s half-built character owes to the exposed timber structure and plywood flooring. The woody lower half of each room contrasts with the white ceiling, divided by partitions which funnel light downward from the skylights.

JA+U : House Asama by Atelier Bow-Wow + T. I. T Tsukamoto Lab ©Shinkenchiku-sha

JA+U : House Asama by Atelier Bow-Wow + T. I. T Tsukamoto Lab ©Shinkenchiku-sha

Picture windows look outward from each of the four exterior walls onto the surrounding natural environment.

Atelier Bow-Wow is a Tokyo-based architectural office established by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima in 1992. House Asama is just one of 42 houses designed by Atelier Bow-Wow recently featured in an issue of JA dedicated to their body of work in the field  – House Genealogy, Atelier Bow-Wow: All 42 Houses