studio synapse fashions house in nagano with irregular forms studio synapse fashions house in nagano with irregular forms
jun 23, 2013

studio synapse fashions house in nagano with irregular forms

studio synapse fashions house in nagano with irregular forms
photo © hagane torimura
all iages courtesy of studiosynapse




located in a small city that serves as a summer retreat for tokyo residents, japanese architecture practice, studio synapse (mikiya ueki, saori ueki), conscientiously places ‘house of matoi neue’ in a forested area of karuizawa-machi, nagano prefecture. designed as a continuous bar, the plan bends in two places composed around trees on the site. the first corner is extended with a wooden deck, which appears to cantilever from the structure. inside, the second angle serves to separate the bedroom from the rest of the occupiable space. located at the downhill end of the sloping site, a second level is inserted above the sleeping area to provide further privacy, and take advantage of the extra height without imposing upon the overall volume. several windows punctuate the facade, indicating the various levels at which one sits or stands throughout the dwelling. double glass doors from the living or dining rooms access the deck, extending the living space into the landscape.



a dark finish camouflages the house amongst tree trunks and canopy shadows
photo © hagane torimura



(left): the sloping site is predisposed for a second level at the back of the house
(right): following the natural contours of the hillside, the floor steps down at the edge of each room
photo © hagane torimura



inside, the house is awash with natural light reflected by white walls and ceiling
photo © hagane torimura



the living room and eat-in kitchen open directly to the landscape
photo © hagane torimura



(left): sweeping view of the house from the loft
(right): the study loft takes advantage of the spaciousness of the edifice
photo © hagane torimura



the house is sheltered only by surrounding trees; its linear plan faces the main approach, honestly revealing interior activity by night
photo © hagane torimura






project info:

architect: studio synapse

location: nagano prefecture karuizawa-machi
structure: 2-story steel frame building
land size: 1,550.03 square meters
building area: 93.69 square meters
total floor area: 118.23 square meters
program: residence for a couple    

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