The primary goal of this design was to incorporate abundant views of nature into the living space of the residents, enriching their daily life. Nature is beautiful in itself, without artificial manipulation. This residence melts into the landscape on an equal standing with natural elements, balancing relaxed comfort and stillness.
▼项目概览，overview ©Hiroshi Ueda
The exterior has a simple beauty that blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. At the same time, its strength sets off the secondary nature (gardens) created by the resident, a landscape designer. The man-made stream running through the front garden plays an important role in linking the residential neighborhood with the surrounding natural environment of Tsukuba.
▼建筑立面，the facade ©Hiroshi Ueda
Mt. Tsukuba towers beyond broad plains in this rice-growing region of Ibaraki Prefecture. The shape of the property dictated a simple floor plan with rooms arranged in a line parallel to the street, offering views of the landscape from anywhere in the house.
▼住宅入口，view of the entrance ©Hiroshi Ueda
▼入口台阶，entrance porch ©Hiroshi Ueda
▼玄关，the entrance space ©Hiroshi Ueda
Because part of the site was sloped, it would normally have been necessary to build a retaining wall to prepare the site for building. We took advantage of the situation by instead creating a floor that juts out from the foundation to “float” in midair. The elevated, open living space and balcony naturally draw the eye to the rice fields and forest visible in the distance, encouraging awareness of the changing natural world, connection to the broader universe, and one’s place as part of nature.
▼从外部看露台，view of the terrace ©Hiroshi Ueda
In contrast, the living room floor is sunken, so that when sitting on the sofa to look outside, one has the sense of being immersed in nature. Small variations as the design moves smoothly from living room, up a step, and onto the deck mimic the ambiguous boundaries when moving from den-like-interior to veranda to garden in a traditional Japanese home, while also crafting diverse situations for experiencing the connection to nature.
▼露台与起居室，the open living space and balcony ©Hiroshi Ueda
▼露台视野，view from the terrace ©Hiroshi Ueda
In addition to making use of the natural landscape, we planted an eight-meter-tall hackberry tree on the north side of the deck terrace, enhancing the sense of depth when looking out from the living room. The client’s addition of “secondary nature” around the house further enlivens the space.
▼下沉的起居室，the sunken living room ©Hiroshi Ueda
The combination of an elegant modern design with natural materials such as wooden furniture and a stone volume above the fireplace allows architectural beauty and natural beauty to balance each other and set each other off to best advantage.
▼卧室，main bedroom ©Hiroshi Ueda
▼次卧，bedroom ©Hiroshi Ueda
The design makes maximum use of natural light and ventilation, with air conditioning playing a backup role. High-quality insulation is another element that lowers the home’s environmental impact. Respecting nature and living modestly are crucial for protecting the environment, and we believe they are within reach for everyone.
▼向自然开放的浴室，bathroom open to nature ©Hiroshi Ueda
This home gives residents the opportunity to enjoy the changing natural world and feel that they are a part of it. We hope that over time, this structure built close to nature will take on even greater character alongside the beautiful landscape around it. The stillness and generosity of nature relax and refresh us, enriching our lives and making us healthier in both body and spirit. In this project we have created a sustainable home that will retain those values even as time passes.
▼客厅灯光，lighting in the living room ©Hiroshi Ueda
▼夜景，night view ©Hiroshi Ueda
▼总平面图，general plan ©Naoi Architecture & Design Office
▼平面图，1F plan ©Naoi Architecture & Design Office
▼剖面图，section ©Naoi Architecture & Design Office
Naoi Architecture & Design Office Co., Ltd.
Address: 3-1-9 Kandasurugadai Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
URL: Japanese site: www.naoi-a.com
English site: www.japan-architects.com/naoi-architecture
Architecture: Naoi Architecture & Design Office
Photography: Hiroshi Ueda
Location: Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Date of Completion: 2021. 1
Principal Use: Private House
Structure: Wooden + Steel
Building area: 311.32m2
Total Floor Area: 156.54m2
Design Period: 2018.12 – 2019.11
Construction Period: 2019.12- 2021.1
Structural Engineer: Nawaken gym
Interior Design: Naoi Architecture & Design Office
Landscape Design: sora-niwa