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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.

L House in Hirafu in Niseko, Japan by Florian Busch Architects

 
January 29th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Florian Busch Architects

The L House in Hirafu is a private holiday residence in Niseko, Hokkaido. Following the escarpment that defined the topography in prehistoric times, the site is a steep slope with un-compromised views of Mount Yotei. Despite being located not far from the House on the Slopes, the ground conditions here vary so drastically that excavating the mountain would lead to massive reinforced retaining walls and hence a prohibitive increase in cost. In response to such constraints and in order to exploit the site’s view, we proposed a house in the trees.

Image Courtesy © Florian Busch Architects

  • Architects: Florian Busch Architects
  • Project: L House in Hirafu
  • Location: Niseko, Japan
  • Project Team: FBA: Florian Busch, Sachiko Miyazaki, Tomoyuki Sudo, Holger Pausch (intern)
  • Structural Engineering: Ove Arup Japan
  • Contractor: Sudo Corporation
  • Client: Hokkaido Tracks Development
  • Gross Floor Area: 154 m² + 44 m² terrace
  • Status: Completed
  • Type: Residential
  • Date: 2009-12

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Sudo

Where the topography shifted and slid vertically creating the escarpment with its stunning views, the L House is split and shifted horizontally, a simple gesture that opens up space and views as the building seems to move up the slope.

Like the building itself, the internal layout is kept in simplicity: Entering below the overhang of the upper volume, a staircase moves along the rear wall of the lower level to come out ‘rotated’ in the upper level, rendering the shift of the volumes visible as if one had climbed the slope towards Mount Yotei.

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Sudo

The wide living and kitchen area extends onto a terrace (the roof of the lower volume) with an open air bath. The private sleeping and bathing areas are in the lower level which is just high enough to enjoy wide views of the valley lying under the escarpment and at the foot of Mount Yotei.

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Sudo

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Sudo

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Sudo

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Sudo

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Sudo

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Sudo

Image Courtesy © Hiroyuki Sudo

Image Courtesy © Florian Busch Architects

Image Courtesy © Florian Busch Architects

Image Courtesy © Florian Busch Architects

Image Courtesy © Florian Busch Architects

Image Courtesy © Florian Busch Architects

Image Courtesy © Florian Busch Architects

Image Courtesy © Florian Busch Architects

Image Courtesy © Florian Busch Architects

Image Courtesy © Florian Busch Architects

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