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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Villa H in Iwate, Japan by SOY source Architects

September 18th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SOY source Architects

Our client who lives in Tokyo plans to have a new mountain side villa where he can live after his retirement.  Thinking about not only a summer house but an actual living space, we have to design a space as functional family house as well as nature friendly luxurious mountain villa.


Exterior View

  • Architect: SOY source Architects
  • Name of Project: Villa H
  • Location: Hachimantai, Iwate, Japan
  • Type: Private house
  • Structural Engineer: Ishiyama Architects and Engineers
  • Construction: Higashino Construction

Exterior View

  • Site area: 658 sqm
  • Building foot print: 104.95 sqm
  • Floor area: 139.63 sqm
  • 1st floor area: 84.45 sqm
  • 2nd floor area: 55.18 sqm
  • FAR: 21.21%
  • Building height: 8.00 m
  • Ceiling height
    • Living room: 4.16m
    • Dining room: 2.40m
  • Bed room: 2.40m
  • Design dates: from September, 2008 to May, 2009
  • Construction dates: from June, 2009 to October, 2009
  • Exterior finish
    • Roof: Galvanized metal sheets t=0.4 mm
    • Wall: Galvanized metal sheets t=0.4 mm
  • Interior finish
    • Floor: Hard wood floor
    • Wall: Gypsum board, w/ Acrylic emulsion paint


Side View

The project site is located on a foot of Mt Hachimantai, well-known shield volcano with its abundant hot spring in north east part of Japan.   When we visited the site at the first time, we actually amazed at deep forest around the site.   The first thing came to our mind was the scene of a villa standing with this beautiful wild nature. The design theme of the villa is simply creating a space where you can feel or absorb the nature.

Exterior View

First of all, we carefully placed the building in the site without cutting any large size tree.   And then, we introduced three different types of terrace space with roof on them.   Each of them has its own function depending on the room next to it.  Bath terrace gives a nice and cozy exterior space to a bath room which has a large size hot spring bath tab.  BBQ terrace gives wooden deck exterior space to a living and dining room for enjoying outside activities.   Because of mountain district with its tough weather condition, these terraces can be enclosed by wooden sliding doors or mosquito nets depending on a season.


Exterior View

In summer, the villa provides a cool and quiet space with green forest.   In winter, the villa provides a warm and comfortable shelter with natural hot spring.


Interior View

Interior View

Interior View

Interior View

Interior View


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