level architects: house in fuji level architects: house in fuji
jun 23, 2011

level architects: house in fuji

‘house in fuji’ by level architects, shizuoka, japan images © makoto yoshida

japanse studio level architects has designed ‘house in fuji’, a single-family home in shizuoka, japan. overlooking mount fuji and an adjacent nature reserve, the three-storey residence features a series of private and contemplative environments that accommodate each of the inhabitants varied personal hobbies.


the solid and imposing structure is composed of a single concrete volume whose overall form shifts and tapers in response to the surrounding landscape. a largely severed roof hosts three semi-enclosed terraces designed to frame views of the mountain, a scene that was becoming lost in daily activities.

view from street

an arrangement of segregated spaces composes the ground floor, home to the principal bedroom, tatami room and

internal courtyard. on the second floor, a large open volume is vertically integrated with the mezzanine level above,

both of which are exposed to the concrete-clad terraces and outdoor environment. imaged as an flexible

multi-functional space, the communal area – kitchen, living room, dining room – consists of two offset platforms,

generating a sunken kitchen and integrated dining-counter.

(left) entrance (right) ground floor tatami room

ground floor bedroom and ‘golf practice ‘ area

living room on second floor

over second floor with view of mezzanine level

kitchen, living room and dining room

adjacent terrace

stairway connecting second and third floors

third floor mezzanine level

adjacent terrace

in context

night view

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level 2

roof plan


project info:

location: shizuoka, japan structual engneering: MI+D architectural structure laboratory contractor: inoue constuction site area: 207.5 sqm total floor area: 193.91 sqm

  • Very nice design fits the lot well. Like the use of raw concrete. white walls and hardwood floors. Thanks for the post.

    garagecat says:
  • I have been enjoying these raw concrete slab architecture. In context picture, the house reminds me of a dumpster. Other than that its sweet.

    Rich Slezak says:
  • What a Dumpff…

    ffcr says:
  • But I like it…

    ffcr says:
  • i kind of like it, but it also makes me think of jail cell…

    kos says:
  • Interesting design. I note with some confusion as to why the floors are not uniform in height involving steps on what could be one level. The terrace on the second floor does resemble a prison exercise area. Ohh and what a view d;-)

    Jetwax says:

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