kazuhiko kishimoto: skyward house, japan
kazuhiko kishimoto: skyward house, japan kazuhiko kishimoto: skyward house, japan
mar 13, 2013
kazuhiko kishimoto: skyward house, japan

‘skyward house’ by kazuhiko kishimoto, uenohara, yamanashi, japan
image © hiroshi ueda
all images courtesy of kazuhiko kishimoto / acaa



the wood-clad ‘skyward house’ is embedded into a sloped green hillside and uses light to spatially reach toward the sky. designed by kazuhiko kishimoto of acaa,
the visual delicateness of the home belies the sturdy building system that assembles the compact plan of rooms and apertures. standing in the
middle of generous grasslands, the private residence is perched high above the nearby road and uses analogous architectonics for rooms
characterized by their openness or closed-ness. ‘soto-no-ma’ is an exterior space intended for sitting expressed with flat, low ceilings which
extend horizontally toward nature; ‘naka-no-ma’, the interior rooms, follow the inner pitch line of the roof and create nuanced shadows and
compositions of diffused light. although the house can be opened in all four directions, a brilliant sense of material balances richness of the
landscape with warm wooden panels and neat white walls. the self-contained structure is remarkable in its use of framed voids to stitch together
moments of space. 



the compact form in context
image © hiroshi ueda



embedding the home in the lush hill affords privacy
image © hiroshi ueda



(left): view of the ramp leading to the private home
(right): corner detail of the wood cladding
image © hiroshi ueda



the volume intersects with the circulation
image © hiroshi ueda



the elevated walkway offsets the sloped site
image © hiroshi ueda



one of the exterior sitting rooms
image © hiroshi ueda



boundaries are blurred by ample glazing and apertures
image © hiroshi ueda



the ‘centrifugal shelter’ has a markedly different material quality
image © hiroshi ueda



the zenith of the pitch is punctured with a skylight
image © hiroshi ueda



neat interior spaces contain more private programs
image © hiroshi ueda



stark perforations created a hierarchy of space
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windows help layer the space while visually weaving rooms together
image © hiroshi ueda



‘exterior’ sitting rooms have a direct connection to nature
image © hiroshi ueda



(left): interior view
(right): low ceilings and wood cladding differentiate open spaces from closed spaces
image © hiroshi ueda



the main sitting room opens to the surrounding environment
image © hiroshi ueda



night view of the home surrounded by the meadow
image © hiroshi ueda



floor plan






exploded axonometric


project info:


location: uenohara, yamanashi, japan
date of completion: april 2012
principal use: private house
structure: wood
site area: 408.74m2
total floor area: 67.08m2
structural engineer: shin yokoo / ouvi

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