Landscape House by FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects

A house that allows to closely view Mt. Ibuki

Project Specs


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Located in a relatively spacious residential area, the house has been built with the client-run hair salon attached. There’s a park across the front road from the site. The area allows to closely view Mt. Ibuki, one of 100 famous Japanese mountains.

▼建筑外观,exterior view © Norihito Yamauchi


In such conditions, I came up with the architecture that would bring out good living environment while laying out the volumes of the requested shop and of the residential part in an appropriate proportion.

▼从附近公园望向住宅,view from the adjacent park © Norihito Yamauchi


The building is composed of symmetrical volumes for which the proportion, openings, and materials have been carefully considered. The dynamic form creates a new façade in the streetscape.

▼住宅主立面,main facade © Norihito Yamauchi

▼立面细节,facade partial view © Norihito Yamauchi

▼玄关,entry hall © Norihito Yamauchi


The first floor consists of the hair salon, residential entrance hall, and bathroom. LDK (living, dining and kitchen area) is laid out as well as bed rooms and children’s rooms on the second floor.

▼一层美发沙龙,hair salon on the first floor © Norihito Yamauchi


The LDK has varied ceiling heights and has been planned to make the room including the stair hall as one continuous space. It can be loosely divided with curtains as necessary. To add visual depth, an opening has been provided to the wall in the back, reinforcing the sequential space which stretches in the longitudinal direction.

▼客厅和餐厨空间,the LDK © Norihito Yamauchi

▼空间可以根据需要用窗帘进行分隔,the space can be loosely divided with curtains as necessary © Norihito Yamauchi


To the volume which is projected from the independent wall that characterizes the façade, a high-side light has been provided, blocking eyes from the environment and clipping the magnificent view. In addition, the low wall below the window has been recessed, creating a niche which makes you feel huddled and cozy. The modern-colored tiles on the wall along with the view from the high-side light produce a beautiful and expressive space.

▼客厅高窗,the living room with a high-side light © Norihito Yamauchi

▼窗户下方的矮墙做了后退处理 © Norihito Yamauchi
the low wall below the window has been recessed

▼客厅细节,living room interior view © Norihito Yamauchi


Also provided to the stair hall wall in the back is a large opening that allows to feel light and breeze near the window. The space trimmed with the mortar window frame can be flexibly used as a display or study. The view seen through the lace curtain and gently streaming light create emotional scenes.

▼楼梯井后方开窗,a large opening is provided to the stair hall wall © Norihito Yamauchi


This house teaches us that it is the good relationship between external environment and internal space that gives openness or calmness to a residence with a good location.

▼室内细节,interior details © Norihito Yamauchi

▼伊吹山景,Mt. Ibuki view © Norihito Yamauchi

▼一层平面图,first floor plan ©FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects

▼二层平面图,second floor plan ©FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects

▼立面图,elevation ©FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects

▼剖面图,section ©FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects

Architect : FORM / Kouichi Kimura Architects
Location : Shiga ,Japan
Client : Private
Construction Year : 2021
Site area : 391,25 ㎥
Total floor area : 182,23 ㎥
Photographs ; Norihito Yamauchi

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