tomohiro hata's hillside house interior integrates terraced platforms
tomohiro hata's hillside house interior integrates terraced platforms
feb 07, 2016

tomohiro hata's hillside house interior integrates terraced platforms

tomohiro hata’s hillside house interior integrates playful terraced platforms
all images © toshiyuki yano




embedded on a hillside in suwayama in kobe, the ‘re-slope’ house by japanese architect tomohiro hata is one of the many residences that have been developed over the years on the same sloping plot. 
‘the landscape of this slope has changed where houses forcibly complete for light and wind’ comments hatathe original house was completely demolished to free up the site and allow freedom to re-establish an improved home that works with the natural topography of the hill.

following the natural gradient of the hill, a wedged shaped property was realized




the resulting design sees a wedged shaped structure clad in metal which follows the sloping gradient and simultaneously nestles among the greenery. the interior configuration has been distinctively composed across three open-plan, terraced platforms. mimicking a set of stairs, the architect followed the same concept as the exterior and spatially arranged the house complementing the original topography.

the stepped interiors have been wrapped in wood




large skylights open up to the sky and trees, while illuminating the different timber platforms installed with a series of small niches for the large family. despite the noticeable absence of railings between the levels; the client follows a belief that if every possibility of danger is eliminated from your surroundings, this eventually sets people back on knowing how to overcome the smallest risk. following this concept, hata established the distinctive interiors which encourages and explores an adventurous and playful spirit.

spread across three floors, there are two outdoor terraces

the series of skylights permeates the interiors with natural light

with little partitioning, spatial boundaries are eliminated to encourage interaction between the family members

the distinctive layout promotes an exciting home for the couple’s children

the previous property was demolished to free up the site

the top-floor terrace

scaffolding used as platforms for plants, with the extended skylights providing a shelter

the street façade of the japanese home

the house distinctively sits amidst the lush surroundings

  • Murphy’s Law “what can happen will happen”
    I don’t think sacrificing human safety for aesthetics is a good trade off. What makes it even more dangerous is the fact that all the levels are the same material and color, so it’s difficult to see the edge of level changes.

  • Why worry. Kids never have accidents.

    Jim Franco
  • Those aren’t toddlers. They are miniature ninjas. The house is perfectly safe for them.

  • naw. a toddler and those platforms. not really on the conceptually up and up. just more than really dangerous. nice to think otherwise but that’s why they are called accidents.

  • looks pretty unsafe for kids. good luck with keeping the wood surface clean near sink and cook top.


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