soaring villa on the wing by milligram architectural studio soaring villa on the wing by milligram architectural studio
aug 26, 2013

soaring villa on the wing by milligram architectural studio

villa on the wing soars over hills by milligram architectural studio
image © villa on the wing by milligram architectural studio



perched on a sloped site in the forested region of karuizawa, a popular summer spot for tokyo-dwellers since the late 19th century, ‘villa on the wing’ is one of a series of holiday homes in the region by milligram architectural studio. the vacation house is a staggered composition of two fractured volumes over the curved ground plane that alternately reveal or conceal program with layered bands of glazing and board-marked cast concrete walls. the architectural mass appears to hover above grade and avoid the existing trees on the plot, going so far as to artfully puncture the large roof overhand with an aperture for the towering timber. discreet concrete pilotis visually counter the dramatic angular roof that extends far beyond the building volume. the covered spaces provided by these deep recesses are fundamental tectonic strategies of this series of homes, insomuch as they serve as architectural frames for the wooded surroundings.




night viewof the eaves on soaring villa on the wing by milligram architectural studio
image © milligram architectural studio



angled eaves provide covered spaces for the entrance

image © milligram architectural studio



bands of glazing and board-marked concrete provide tectonic dynamism

image © milligram architectural studio



the holiday house is composed of two concrete volumes

image © milligram architectural studio



project info: 


purpose: villa
building site: karuizawa
number of stories: 1f
structure: hybrid

  • Intriguing. All that extra roof will be appealing to the megamansion crowd once (if) it evolves.

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • Well it is stunning from the outside and it would have been nice to have been able to see the inside and a plan view.

    Ron Smith says:
  • the tree like freedom <dont annoy them

    sina says:

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