Weekend House in Sengataki

JA+U : Weekend House in Sengataki by o+h

JA+U : Weekend House in Sengataki by o+h
This small weekend house is under construction in Karuizawa, a popular getaway outside Tokyo.

JA+U : Weekend House in Sengataki by o+h

 

JA+U : Weekend House in Sengataki by o+h
The design process began with a vision of a solitary roof drifting mystically above the trees like a watchful animal in the forest. The roof was conceived as an alien object in the environment, one that has its own spirit, as if it were a living creature.

JA+U : Weekend House in Sengataki by o+h
Interior columns support the roof. Operable glazings surround the ground floor below, creating the illusion that the building is levitating amongst its surroundings.

JA+U : Weekend House in Sengataki by o+h

JA+U : Weekend House in Sengataki by o+h

JA+U : Weekend House in Sengataki by o+h
The floor level follows the undulating contour of the ground.

o+h was established in 2008 by Maki Onishi and Yuki Hyakuda. Their works include installations, sculptures, and architectural design. The Weekend House in Sengataki and other selected works by under-35 Japanese architects are featured in JA 86 (Summer 2012).