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
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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
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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
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view to the exterior
image © hiroyuki sudo



(left) rough exposed concrete wall
(right) staircase of cantilevering wooden treads on thin steel members
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small windows let in light at different areas
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large sliding doors create layers of privacy
image © hiroyuki sudo



door handle detail
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image © hiroyuki sudo



lower corridor
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sitting area





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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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