Ando Studio and TNA (Takei – Nabeshima – Architects), has designed an amazing small tower house on a commission in the town of Karuizawa located approximately 300 km north-west from Tokyo.
The ring house is wrapped in glass and cedar wood and has a 360 ° view of the forest. The house stands in a dark place on uneven ground which gives access by bridge, is divided into three floors of approximately 33 square meters each, a single scale is set at an angle on square geometry and open space that connects all floors.
The system of horizontal straps are covering the building has a double function, to ensure uninterrupted views to the forest, and to hide the furniture in ordinary use. In the first floor, double height, three straps are arranged, organized to hide out the kitchen furniture in the first strap and the wall units in the second, the third is used to modulate the light that filters from the trees. In the upper floor, where you will find the bedroom and bathroom, there are two straps. The first strap begins at the floor level and serves to hide a double bed and bathroom with the raised floor so the bathtub is embedded in the thickness of the strap. The last two strap on the top floor and serves as a terrace parapet. This is a remarkable achievement how architects have been able to maintain the clarity of the project from concept to realization.
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