tezuka architects: house to catch the mountain
tezuka architects: house to catch the mountain tezuka architects: house to catch the mountain
may 22, 2012
tezuka architects: house to catch the mountain

recently completed by tokyo-based tezuka architects, ‘house to catch the mountain’ is a two-storey residence positioned at the base of a foothill in kamakura, japan. comprising the facade, a line of glass doors may be slid outward and stacked together at opposing ends of the building footprint, entirely eliminating a perimeter enclosure and exposing the unified living and dining area to the outdoors.


the continuous roof plane appears supported with a fireplace at the open corner while a discrete column takes on the loads. the kitchen is contained within free-standing wooden volumes, partially revealing its presence from view. leading directly from the grand living area, a bridge guides inhabitants towards a passageway to climb the small mountain adjacent to the dwelling. a spiral staircase descends into a recessed courtyard, offering access into the private bedroom spaces.

kitchen and living room at night
image © katsuhisa kida/FOTOTECA / all images courtesy of tezuka architects

bridge leading from the mountain passageway
image © katsuhisa kida/FOTOTECA

living and dining area are opened to the outdoors
image © katsuhisa kida/FOTOTECA

living area and bridge to the mountain path
image © katsuhisa kida/FOTOTECA

image © katsuhisa kida/FOTOTECA

garage entry
image © katsuhisa kida/FOTOTECA

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1



project info:


architects: tezuka architects
structure engineer: OHNO JAPAN Co., Ltd/OHNO HIROFUMI
photographer: Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA
lighting designer: Masahide Kakudate/Masahide Kakudate Lighting Architect & Associates, Inc.
landscape designer: GA yamazaki inc./Masako Yamazaki, Hiromi Iwao
total floor area: 280.03m2
constructor: eiger sangyo
completion: 2012.2



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