house with oak tree by maniera architects and associates
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perched on a hillside in hyogo, japan, maniera architects and associates has completed a family dwelling which provides a strong and direct connection with the natural environment. titled ‘house with oak tree’, the home is reduced to its most essential elements, featuring minimal furnishings and decoration that ensure a series of bright, comfortable and ambient spaces.

 

the scheme utilizes the plot’s natural gradient to form a two-storey property complete with mezzanine level. internal volumes encourage contemplation and relaxation, with vast glazing offering expansive and panoramic views across the city. the focal point of the design is a double-height living space which features a gabled window providing a direct view of an adjacent oak tree, while the rokko mountain range is also visible along the horizon.

 

 

house with oak tree by maniera architects and associates
the home’s kitchen and dining area at the mezzanine level

 

 

house with oak tree by maniera architects and associates
the living room offers panoramic views across the city

 

 

house with oak tree by maniera architects and associates
the property’s mezzanine level

 

 

house with oak tree by maniera architects and associates
(left) stairway and kitchen
(right) dining area

 

 

house with oak tree by maniera architects and associates
(left) stairway leading to the upper level of the property
(right) a comfortable tatami room for relaxation

 

 

house with oak tree by maniera architects and associates
the subterranean washroom

 

 

house with oak tree by maniera architects and associates
expansive floor to ceiling glazing fills the home with natural light

 

 

house with oak tree by maniera architects and associates
a gabled window provides a direct view of an adjacent oak tree

 

 

house with oak tree by maniera architects and associates
the approach to the dwelling at night

 

 

house with oak tree by maniera architects and associates
‘house with oak tree’ viewed from the passing street

 

 

 

project info:

 

location: hyogo, japan
type: family residence
scale: two-story
structure: steel frame
structural area: 382 sqm
total floor area: 146 sqm