cell space architects: house in hill
 
cell space architects: house in hill
jul 04, 2011

cell space architects: house in hill

‘house in hill’ by cell space architects in gunma, japan all images courtesy cell space architects photographer: masao nishikawa

japanese practice cell space architects (mutsue hayakusa) has sent us images of ‘house in hill’, a single storey villa in gunma, japan. plugged into a south-facing hillside of a wooded site, the design seeks to keep as much of the natural landscape intact by curving around the topography to trace the contours of the land.

cell space architects: house in hill view from below the hill

placed on a low gradient of the hill, the design is initiated by the form of the topography, working with it in order to generate as well as define the space. an outdoor terrace finished in wood wraps around existing trees, filling in the gap between the landscape and the entrance and the house. in addition to providing structural support, the roof rafters are used as a finish to visually aid the sense of space by directing and projecting the interior outwards. the beams are extended beyond the outline of the dwelling to create a curving overhang.

cell space architects: house in hill approach

predominantly finished in floor-to-ceiling glazing, the design secures a panoramic view of the surrounding national park. partition walls that divide the interior is kept to a minimum by utilizing a series of vertical louvers made out of round wooden rods. the effect is a porous screen that maintains visual connection throughout the house while still defining the individual programs. the contour lines of the hillside is continued throughout the communal space, manifesting in staged areas, steps, and curved built-in furnitures. seating arrangements are resolved as benches that hug the form of the land. both interior and exterior treatment of the design seeks to find a middle ground between architecture and landscape.  

cell space architects: house in hill outdoor terrace

cell space architects: house in hill

cell space architects: house in hill interior view

cell space architects: house in hill communal space

cell space architects: house in hill

cell space architects: house in hill built-in seating area

cell space architects: house in hill entrance

cell space architects: house in hill in context

cell space architects: house in hill night view

cell space architects: house in hill axonometric drawing

cell space architects: house in hill floor plan

project info:

type: villa structure: timber frame and reinforced concrete storeys: 1 storey above grade, 1 storey below grade

  • I would have a greater appreciation for this project with more information about structure, floor plan, weather, exterior finish, function…
    The choice of tile is very serviceable, now cover it with rugs. I want to see the interior in motion, in use, with people…

    Constructural Realism - Maui
  • The floor iS just so Pasè it ruins the whole design

    Carls
  • thought the tiles were great. they give a natural earth / dirt tone that goes with the view. Also, they probably feel great under bare feet which goes with the vibe of the place.

    kb
  • It’s a great house! Love it.

    Yuliya
  • the end views are great, the long elevation leaves more than a bit to be desired

    the interior is wonderful save for that tacky tile

    dbkii
  • Yeah, the floor tiles selection shows the architect’s sense of humor. A weird one, indeed.

    madi
  • Nice wood work!

    Viviane Ito
  • lovely 🙂 very inspiring place to live!

    Thijs Roumen
  • nice tiles !!!
    HAhaha. This is a joke.

    archic
  • oh nice, would make a fantastic art studio!

    artistlife53

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