Location: Karuizawa, Japan
Architect: Makoto Yamaguchi , Makoto Yamaguchi
Completion date: 2003
Built area: 68m2
Photographs: Koichi Torimura
Text provided by the architects:
Karuizawa is a bijou town favored by weekending Tokyoites. The Villa is perched on a steep slope oriented south in the forest and looks out over a towering view of mountain ranges. It is the villa for a couple of musicians. They wanted a flexible space that could work as a villa, gallery for contemporary art -mainly sculptures- and salon for music concert, place to entertain friends. To fulfill the functions, the ‘blank space’ should be required.
The kitchen and bath usual functions of a house are built into the floor. The materials, requested interestingly no wood should be visible, glass, mirror and polished stainless steel reflect the light and view in the obstacle less interior. They create an expanded impression of the space, a one-story polygon with plenty of empty, white space.