future-scape architects: house with two focal points future-scape architects: house with two focal points
jul 15, 2011

future-scape architects: house with two focal points

‘house with two focal points’ by future-scape architects, nigata, japan images © future-scape architects

situated along the western edge of nigata, japan is ‘house with two focal points’, a single family home by tokyo-based practice future-scape architects. acting as a compass of sorts, the design alludes to a much larger world, beyond the constrains of the site and the immediate surroundings.


positioned in a valley between mount yahiko and mount kakuda, the residence seeks to establish a subliminal and continuous connection with both of the mountains, which are mostly obstructed by neighboring structures.

street view

conceived as a slightly skewed volume, the dwelling features two exterior walls that have been rotated towards the

center of each landmark. the subtle but distinctive form is translated inside where it informs the organization and

hierarchy of programs. the kitchen, dining and living room is hosted on the second floor, which opens radially towards

the encircling environment. fully extendible windows line the front of the structure, further integrating the home and

the inhabitants with the outdoors.

ground floor

three expandable bedrooms are housed on the ground floor opposite a narrow corridor lined with concealed storage.

full-length mirrors flank each end of the hallway, visually distorting and expanding the small space.

view of three bedrooms with expandable walls

ground floor corridor with built in storage

stairs to second floor

second floor

kitchen, living room and dining room

the walls facing each mountain feature extendible windows

view towards bathroom

night view

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1


project info:

structural engineers: oga structural design office mechanical engineers: mai mechanical design site area: 201.32m2 building area: 72.04m2 floor area: 120.83m2

  • the plan(s) on this house is(are) sheer brilliance – I think I would have used a single sliding panel buried in the poche’ of the storage module in lieu of the folding doors, but that’s quibbling over detail

    dbkii says:
  • love it!

    relena says:
  • Concept and execution great. The only thing missing for me would be a roof garden. The flat roof cries out to be used, particularly given the lack of surrounding land d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • villa savoye (2nd floor)+weissenhof (1st floor). nice interpretation.

    carlos alberto says:

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