kyoko ikuta architecture laboratory + ozeki architects & associates: forest bath kyoko ikuta architecture laboratory + ozeki architects & associates: forest bath
dec 05, 2011

kyoko ikuta architecture laboratory + ozeki architects & associates: forest bath

‘forest bath’ by kyoko ikuta architecture laboratory and ozeki architects & associates in nagano, japan all images courtesy kyoko ikuta architecture laboratory image © tomohiro sakashita

japanese architects kyoko ikuta architecture laboratory (kyoko ikuta) and ozeki architects & associates (katsuyuki ozeki) have sent us images of ‘forest bath’, a single-storey summer home in nagano, japan. situated on a flat site which does not have the vantage point for sweeping views, the design carves out a triangular plane into the structure’s form to extend the eyes obliquely up towards the sky.

exterior view image © tomohiro sakashita

surrounded by tall larch trees, the low-lying dwelling keeps its presence quiet by taking on a relatively simple profile with a large symmetrically-pitched roofline. the dramatic angles of the roof is excised with a triangular void that lends a level of transparency to the solid exterior. the negative space serves as a private outdoor courtyard that opens up to the lush trees at an upwards trajectory. a wide band of glazing that runs along the foot of the elevation creates the illusion of a floating roof.

courtyard space image © tomohiro sakashita

featuring a floor-to ceiling window that acts as an open interface between the courtyard and the interior, the living space within gains abundant amounts of natural daylight that gradually shifts throughout the day. the insertion of the triangular outdoor space determined the layout by generating two wings on either side of the floor which serves as the bedroom and bath. the tapering walls and ceiling result in a dynamic interior that naturally funnels visual focus out towards the forest and trees.

view of courtyard from interior image © tomohiro sakashita

windows from bath image © tomohiro sakashita

interior view of bedroom image © tomohiro sakashita

tapered entrance to bedroom image © tomohiro sakashita

access image © tomohiro sakashita

floor and site plan

project info:

principal use: summer house construction: steel site area: 590.94 m2 total floor area: 71.37 m2

structural engineering: IIJIMA structural design office constructor: daiichi kensetsu

  • no storage space?

    dennis says:
  • The barbarian needs storage space when confronted with Hai-ku

    poetic architecture— never mind the position and clumsy layout of the bathroom

    wwwillem says:
  • minimalism taken too far. This cold, stale place is no home i’d like to come too. More like a psych ward!

    simon says:
  • I can’t say I’d love to live here, but I find the various
    architectural “vistas” wonderful. It is so strange, however, that the actual structure from a distance is so unappealing to me.

    The vistas remind me of the little “jewels” . . . the water ways and screens . . . inserted into Moghul architecture.

    savannajones says:
  • Absolutely lovely!

    lobster-rocket says:
  • Since it is a summer home, I guess there isn’t too much need for storage space. I appreciate the poetics of the architecture.

    ranlee says:
  • like it

    xiaozhongfu says:

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