Scape House by FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects

Living space with versatilities created by intended openings.

Project Specs


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The house is located in the tiered-developed residential area on a hill. From the site, the beautiful scenery of the lake can be viewed. The customer requested that the view be fully utilized and that the space be opened while not being bothered by eyes of neighborhood.

▼建筑外观,external view of the building


▼主要起居空间,开窗比较节制,同时满足景观和私密性需求,main living space, the size of the openings were restrained, introducing scenery into the room while ensuring living privacy

In this project, versatile spaces that incorporate light and scenery were intended by the windows in order to bring out the best in this house. Scenery viewed through a window is greatly affected by the size or position of the window. It Is therefore essential to consider what should be viewed or not in the scenery framed by the window, instead of being stereotyped to take in the large area of the scenery by providing the largely-opening window.

▼入口走廊,corridor at the entrance

▼一层儿童房,面向走廊设有开口,增强互动,children’s room on the ground floor with opening to the corridor, enhancing visual connections


The windows as framings produce comfortable spaces where you can enjoy light and scenery without being annoyed by eyes of neighborhood. The spaces incorporate a table, bench, book shelf, niche and other furniture items so that you can utilize them to view outside, read books, eat meals, etc., which brings out characteristics of each space and provides its versatility.

▼二层餐厅,窗框被设计成不同的空间,dining room on the first floor, window frames producing different spaces

▼起居室,窗框丰富空间功能,living room, window frames brought versatility to the space


The space is composed of mortar with a feel of texture, highlighting its presence. At the same time, it provides openness created by the clear and continuous sightline.

▼窗框体块用灰泥强调,视觉连贯通透,window frames accented by mortar, providing continuous sightline

▼起居室尽头的书房,study room at the end of the living room

▼灰泥窗框形成丰富的阳台空间,balcony space enriched by the mortar frames


In addition, the space also serves as an indispensable element that reflects visual changes of light and scenery developed while moving around the room.

▼一层小花园,光影随时间变化,small garden on the ground floor with changing light shadows


The dynamic configuration involving the box-shape volume with rhythmical layout of the windows produces beautiful life scenes where light and scenery are taken in while the eyes of neighborhood are blocked

▼黄昏时的建筑,building in the dusk

▼夜景,night view

▼底层平面图,ground floor plan

▼二层平面图,first floor plan



Architects: FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects
Location: Shiga, Japan
Client: Private
Construction Year:2014
Site Area: 244.63㎡
Constructed Area: 137.37㎡
Photographs: Yoshihiro Asada

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