In the foothills of the Yatsugatake mountains, the architecture studio MDS has created this rural refuge to the south. According to the legend, Yatsugatake was taller than Mount Fuji, but Mount Fuji got up and knocked down Yatsugatake by breaking it into several lower mountains. The legend is not far from the truth, these mountains are older than Mount Fuji and therefore have suffered the passage of time and the elements that have been eroding.
The floor of the Yatsugatake villa, which takes its name from the nearby mountains, is fan-shaped with large windows and openings in the walls of the living room, dining room and master bedroom.
The fan-shaped design and the southern orientation mean that even in winter, a flood of sunlight enters the house, helping to alleviate the cold winters of this region of Japan. "No matter the time of day, there is always somewhere in the house where you can sit and sunbathe." Architects Kiyotoshi Mori and Natsuko Kawamura say.
Two narrow terraces line up along the edge of the south façade and are partially protected under the projecting edge of the roof. The house with its floors and wooden ceilings is a redoubt of warmth in the middle of this natural space that supports some harsh winters. Despite its modern design, the house constantly remembers its cultural origins. The wooden staircase connects the common living spaces on the ground floor with the bedroom and study room located on the first floor.
A charming, warm and welcoming place where you can live comfortably without losing the perspective of nature, located right there at your fingertips. Despite its protective nature, the house is completely open to the natural environment. A wonderful place to rest, think and get rid of the artificial world.