A villa project for a couple who finished their work to restart a new life in the area of Minami-Karuizawa. This house is based on the premise that the couple will spend the summer and weekends, the family and guests will gather, function as the final residence of the couple, and then pass it on to the next generation. What is a life after retirement in “the 100-year life”? Taking inspiration from the ancient Japanese way of life of “Symbiosis,” we thought of a house that snuggles up to the couple’s life.
▼项目鸟瞰，aerial view © Masaya Yoshimura
▼项目外观，external view © Masaya Yoshimura
The planned site is on a corner surrounded by fir trees with a view of Mt. Asama. We wanted to make use of the surrounding environment unique to Karuizawa and the long site shape. At the same time as creating a landscape that is unique to Karuizawa, we wanted to create a living environment surrounded by seasonal gardens that appear to change as walking through the building.
▼建筑围绕花园而建，the building is built around the garden © Masaya Yoshimura
First, along the long site shape, we arranged two buildings, “the Main building” where the couple lives and “the Guest wing” where the guests spend, and the corridor connects them. Next, we placed several gardens with different landscapes facing the corridor and the windows of the rooms. The facade has two sloping large concrete roofs that harmonize with the surrounding mountains, and the interior of the concrete roof is a spacious space with a high ceiling that can maintain a proper sense of distance between the couple.
▼“主体建筑”室内概览，overview of “the Main building” © Masaya Yoshimura
▼混凝土屋顶下的宽敞空间，spacious space under the concrete roof © Masaya Yoshimura
▼客厅，living room © Masaya Yoshimura
▼书房，study © Masaya Yoshimura
▼走廊连接“主体建筑”和“宾客侧厅”，the corridor connects “the Main building” and “the Guest wing” © Masaya Yoshimura
▼从“”宾客侧厅，回看走廊，view back to the corridor from “the Guest wing” © Masaya Yoshimura
▼榻榻米室，tatami room © Masaya Yoshimura
▼浴室，bathroom © Masaya Yoshimura
For each part of the building, we used natural materials that have become familiar with the surrounding landscape, and hardware handmade by craftsmen. It is a setting that allows them to feel that you are living with nature and the passage of time in their daily life. Symbiotic house with two large roofs gently envelops the symbiosis of the couple.
▼景观局部，details © (左) Masaya Yoshimura, (右) R.E.A.D. & Architects
▼夜景，night view © Masaya Yoshimura
▼平面图，plan © R.E.A.D. & Architects
Architect: R.E.A.D. & Architects
Location: Nagano, Japan
Principal use: Villa
Completion year: July, 2021
Total floor area: 227 sqm
Structural Engineer: TS Structural Design (Taketo Sato)
MEP Engineer: Chiku Engineering Consultants
Gardener: Nishimura Garden Craft (Naoki Nishimura)
Contractor: Manufacture & Atelier Ichikawa