Located on the outskirts of Nakano, Nagano prefecture, this minimalist, single family residence was completed by Shigeru Fuse, a Japanese architect and founder of his namesake practice fuse-atelier whose deconstructed concrete House in Abiko was featured on Dailytonic earlier this month. Surrounded by apple orchards and overlooking the mountains of Kitashiga Kogen, Japan’s popular ski resort, to the east, the development boasts an extensive, open-air roof terrace while to offer its residents privacy, the mezzanine level has been positioned 1.2 meters below the living and dining area on the opposite side of the stepped terrace, consequently limiting the view from outside.
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‘The building is set on the site’s southeast side, forming with the main house an L-shape around the existing garden. It was possible to open up the entire east side of the building, the one with the view, because it faces apple orchards with plenty of distance to the nearest neighbor. The house is defined by two structural elements from which derive the various relationships between the view and its spaces. The first is its stepped terrace-the exterior circulation space that rises through the building from ground floor to rooftop. The second is the interior circulation space that surrounds it- a covered passageway winding from the first floor up through the mezzanine to the second. The three-dimensional interaction of these elements at various levels gives the space a pleasant sense of distance.’
‘From the living and dining area Mt.Kosha can be seen in the distance across the terrace above the mezzanine, whose windows frame foreground views of the apple orchards. The gap between floor slab and stepped terrace prescribes each of the spaces, generating landscape views through the unexpected relationship between them. The insertion of exterior circulation space ( the stepped deck ) into the building generates sequential changes to the views from it. By establishing diverse lines of flow within the house, the plan attempts to suggest a new relationship between space and scenery.’