House in Asamayama

JA+U : House in Asamayama by Kidosaki Architects Studio © Shinkenchiku-sha

The new 145.3 m2 (1,564 ft2) residence by Japanese architect Hirotaka Kidosaki is perched on a lush mountain in Nagano Prefecture. The client sought this ideal site for many years, and the architect focused on opening the house to the expanse of lush natural panorama surrounding the house.

JA+U : House in Asamayama by Kidosaki Architects Studio © Shinkenchiku-sha

The single-story horizontal house emerges above the woods on four concrete pillars.

JA+U : House in Asamayama by Kidosaki Architects Studio © Shinkenchiku-sha

JA+U : House in Asamayama by Kidosaki Architects Studio © Kidosaki Architects Studio

Plan courtesy of architect

As visitors approach the home’s east entrance they see the framed view of green mountains beyond.

JA+U : House in Asamayama by Kidosaki Architects Studio © Shinkenchiku-sha

JA+U : House in Asamayama by Kidosaki Architects Studio © Shinkenchiku-sha

The underside of the roof and certain parts of the exterior are clad with tropical balau hardwood. Horizontality is reinforced at every scale: from the wooden planks and impressions left by the concrete formwork to the door handles and benches, whose proportion seem to mimic the thin concrete columns supporting the home.

JA+U : House in Asamayama by Kidosaki Architects Studio © Shinkenchiku-sha

JA+U : House in Asamayama by Kidosaki Architects Studio © Shinkenchiku-sha

Inside, the elongated living room has an unobstructed view of the Mt. Asama and the surrounding green vista.

JA+U : House in Asamayama by Kidosaki Architects Studio © Shinkenchiku-sha

JA+U : House in Asamayama by Kidosaki Architects Studio © Shinkenchiku-sha

The residents can enjoy the natural panoramas from any room in the house. Special attention was paid to the view from the bathtub.

JA+U : House in Asamayama by Kidosaki Architects Studio © Shinkenchiku-sha

Kidosaki Architects Studio is a Tokyo-based architectural office led by Hirotaka Kidosaki, who is also a partner of Architect Five.