airhouse's wooden home floats above a steep slope in the japanese forest 

airhouse's wooden home floats above a steep slope in the japanese forest 

airhouse unveils hovering house in yagoto 

 

In a hilly residential area in Nagoya City, Japan, Airhouse has nestled a small Aichi Prefecture, residence into a slope engulfed in greenery. The House in Yagoto perches above a steep incline, surrounded by a thick curtain of trees and a forest to its northern edge. Resolving this challenging typology while minimizing cost and impact to the environment, the architects’ design solution conceives a construction foundation of only four steel columns, reducing the building’s ground contact area with a cantilevering reinforced concrete floor atop which a dark cedar-clad home appears to delicately float.

airhouse's wooden home floats above a steep slope in the japanese forest 
all images by Toshiyuki Yano

 

 

a serene mountain villa emerges in the japanese forest

 

The cantilevered floor serves as the foundation for the House in Yagoto which emerges as a seemingly hovering volume emerging above the landscape and steep slope. Its dark form sits in stark contrast to its context as its outer walls clad in cedar create the appearance of a serene mountain villa. With minimal impact on the natural surroundings, the team at Airhouse was able to economically construct the structure without cutting a confined, flat base in the ground and large retaining walls. ‘As a result, by thinking about the foundation of the building, we were able to build a house economically even on a sloping land, and we believe that we were able to create a rich living environment that floats in the forest,’ notes the Japanese architecture office.

 

Stepping inside the home, residents are greeted with a serene living experience immersed in nature. Airhouse has devised an airy interior completed with natural materials and open spaces that engages in continual dialogue with its natural context. From the cedar exterior to the carefully calculated height of the platform and structure and large opening in the direction of the forest, the concept seeks to weave views of the outdoors inside for an uplifting getaway.

airhouse's wooden home floats above a steep slope in the japanese forest 
Airhouse’s House in Yagoto emerges from a hillside in Japan

airhouse's wooden home floats above a steep slope in the japanese forest 
the home perches atop a reinforced concrete platform

airhouse's wooden home floats above a steep slope in the japanese forest 
the cedar-clad exterior creates the appearance of a serene mountain villa

airhouse's wooden home floats above a steep slope in the japanese forest 
a lofty, airy interior with industrial and natural finishes

airhouse's wooden home floats above a steep slope in the japanese forest 
large windows bring views of the adjacent forest inside

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airhouse's wooden home floats above a steep slope in the japanese forest 
House in Yagoto engages in dialogue with its natural environment

airhouse's wooden home floats above a steep slope in the japanese forest 
a construction foundation of four steel columns reduces the building’s impact on the site

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project info:

 

name: House in Yagoto

architecture: Airhouse

location: Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

photography: Toshiyuki Yano   

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