go hasegawa: pilotis in a forest
go hasegawa: pilotis in a forest
mar 02, 2011

go hasegawa: pilotis in a forest

‘pilotis in a forest’ by go hasegawa images courtesy of go hasegawa

japanese studio go hasegawa has designed ‘pilotis in a forest’, a weekend house located three hours outside of tokyo, japan. situated among a forest of mature trees, the structure aims to co-exist with the natural landscape that surrounds it.

go hasegawa: pilotis in a forest view of overall structure

propped 6.5 meters into the air through a series of stilts and cross braces, the dwelling provides views above the treetops and on to the mountains in the distance. an open plaza below is sheltered by trees that encircle the structure like walls.

go hasegawa: pilotis in a forest

the main volume, accessed by a daunting set of stairs, features large frameless windows and a terrace that introduce the forest directly into the residence. louvered portions of the floor and ceiling further merge the boundaries between indoors and out, entwining sight and sounds of the forest with that of the home.

go hasegawa: pilotis in a forest

finished entirely in wood, the design – which includes a bedroom, kitchen, living room and bathroom – provides a series of spaces that engage the visitor and accommodate a range of programs and relationships.

go hasegawa: pilotis in a forest looking upwards at underside of deck

go hasegawa: pilotis in a forest entrance

go hasegawa: pilotis in a forest kitchen

go hasegawa: pilotis in a forest site plan

go hasegawa: pilotis in a forest floor plan / level 0

go hasegawa: pilotis in a forest floor plan / level 1

go hasegawa: pilotis in a forest section

  • I completely agree with Donny.

  • cool!

    and i guess ‘the floating box’ is not so important in this project and moreover it must be necessary for them to make a concrete pad on this space like a plaza…it could be a kind of new space with abstractness, perhaps a sense of japanese.


  • I love this so much.
    We would like to build on some property we have near the Mississippi and would love a lookout there…
    Very inspirational.

    C. Bouzide
  • really simple, and unexpectedly good.
    just proves that the most basic ideas (e.g. the floating box) are the most powerful and iconic, with almost nothing added.

    but I would definitely agree with the previous comments about the concrete pad killing the entire concept of the project. it would be so much nicer to deal with the earth at specific, highly elegant connection points, and really let the natural surface of the forest floor invade the footprint.

    the volume is very strong as an icon, though.
    I would love to see multiple cabins arranged in close proximity through the trees…

  • brutal!!!!

  • The best thing I’ve seen in ages. Awesome!

  • i’m sure they had to cut down a few trees to pour that nice concrete car park, not to mention the driveway! the photos show the ideal bldg state as conceived by the architect, before all that messy human occupation.

  • Waawww! Very very cool!

    Chris Collaris
  • It’s hard not to question the structural strength of the posts. Being American, I expect to see huge over-sized supports.

    David Radovanovic
  • I absolutely get the idea of sitting lightly on the ground, and therefore raising the cabin up on skinny stilts. I think that is a great idea and well executed.
    The problem that I see with it is that they still poured a concrete pad with foundation at the base, effectively negating the benefits of raising the cabin.

    Still, quite a beautiful project

    Donny Salami

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