House in Minami Karuizawa
Norihito Yamauchi
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Wate faucetVOLA
SofaB&B Italia
ToiletTOTO
NEOREST NX
StoolCassina
Last Minute
CurtainCréation Baumann
DIMMER III
Windows: Aluminum SashLIXIL

Product Spec Sheet
Wate faucet
Toilet
NEOREST NX by TOTO
Stool
Last Minute by Cassina
Curtain
DIMMER III by Création Baumann
Windows: Aluminum Sash
by LIXIL

House in Minami Karuizawa

KIAS (Kentaro Ishida Architects Studio) as Architects

House in Minami Karuizawa is located in a forest of Minami Karuizawa, Nagano prefecture of Japan a popular mountain retreat 150km away from Tokyo.

 

The weekend house is a cluster of concrete “houses” arranged along a curved site boundary line surrounded by a natural river and forest. In order to acquire specific natural scenery and light environment, each living function faces its own desired orientation. The living room on the Ground Floor faces the generous scenery of a river with an extended stone paved terrace, four bedrooms on the Upper Floor faces the quiet forest, and these three house-shaped volumes overlaps at an angle. Polygonal shaped Entrance hall is a space that merges both axis of the living room on ground floor and bedrooms on the upper floor with a wide view towards the forest. While the bedroom volume collides with the Living space the volume of the upper floor physically intervene on the ceiling of the kitchen space.

 

The exterior wall on the ground level facing the entrance is made of grinded and polished black concrete and its surface continues to flush mounted window glass that allows the natural environment to reflect as continuous panoramic scenery. Also the black glossy wall aims to “lighten” the concrete house volume sits on the upper level. The exterior wall finish of the house shaped volumes of the living room and bedrooms are cladded by light gray Ashino stone planks.

                                        

The design process that responds to its environmental context produced multiple stone cladded “houses” that stacks on top of each other and established architecture as an aggregate of diverse living spaces. Appearance of the weekend house blends in harmoniously with the natural surroundings and perfectly integrated to the local landscape.

 

Material Used :
1. Curtain: Cassina, DEDAR
2. Curtain: Creation Bauman, DIMMER III
3. Stool: Cassina, LASTMINUTE
4. Sofa: B&B, ATOLL
5. Wate faucet: Volla, 111 Color 40 (Brushed Staniless Steel)
6. Toilet: TOTO, NEOREST NX
7. Facade cladding: Ashino Stone
8. Flooring: Oak Multi-Layer  
9. Doors: Custom-Build
10. Windows: Aluminum Sash Brand: Lixil
11. Roofing: Galvalume Brand: NIPPON STEEL
12. Interior lighting: Custom-Build

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