florian busch architects: L house in hirafu
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jan 31, 2013
florian busch architects: L house in hirafu

‘L house in hirofu’ by florian busch architects, hokkaido, japan
image © florian busch architects
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the ‘L house’ holiday home by florian busch architects is located along an ancient geological feature on a steep slope with unabated views
of mount yotei. the escarpment which hosts the concrete shear wall and wood-clad structure is an origin point for many of the projects
distinct characteristics. excavation on site would have required massive reinforced retaining walls which are very invasive to the site and
not within budget, therefore the home sits amongst the trees. just as the topography shifted and slid, so do the volumes that make up the
dwelling, as one simple rectangular box is shifted slightly and slid over another. the social functions – living room and kitchen – remain on
the top floor with an exterior deck and open-air bath. the entry level contains the private bedrooms and bathroom enjoying views of the
valley below the site. the interior is marked by honest austerity, allowing the richness of the exposed concrete and natural wood textures
rendered on simple geometries to balance with the striking exterior landscape.



snow creates an insulating layer on the roof and climbs high up the walls



view from the snw-covered site
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exterior deck with thin metal handrail
image © florian busch architects



upper level social areas with framed views of mount yotei
image © hiroyuki sudo



living room area, large windows include the exterior into the interior ambiance
image © hiroyuki sudo



image © florian busch architects



view to the exterior
image © hiroyuki sudo



(left) rough exposed concrete wall
(right) staircase of cantilevering wooden treads on thin steel members
image © florian busch architects



small windows let in light at different areas
image © florian busch architects



large sliding doors create layers of privacy
image © hiroyuki sudo



door handle detail
image © florian busch architects



image © hiroyuki sudo



lower corridor
image © hiroyuki sudo



sitting area





image © hiroyuki sudo




aerial view



site plan



program diagram






project info:


location: niseko, hokkaido, japan
scope: residential, 2 floors
team: FBA: florian busch, sachiko miyazaki, tomoyuki sudo, holger pausch (intern)
structural engineering: ove arup japan (masamichi sasatani, kengo takamatsu)
contractor: sudo corporation
gross floor area: 154 m² + 44 m² terrace
structure: reinforced concrete

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