Forest Estate captures the romance of a mountain retreat in a unique forest setting in the heart of Hirafu Village. Nestled amongst native trees, each individually designed luxury residence is customized to provide breathtaking views of Mt. Yotei from spacious interior living areas. Five elegant, modern buildings clad in cedar in a landscape of trees and native gardens form an exclusive and protected estate community.
The contemporary alpine architecture of each home owes its form to a number of the site’s unique characteristics, including panoramic views of the majestic Mt. Yotei, one of the most beautiful volcanoes in Japan. These dramatic views are enjoyed under the sweeping roofs of each residence, and the homes are designed to nestle into the hillside so as to provide an abundance of light and volcano views to all levels.
Dark, solid cedar siding pays homage to local Japanese tradition of torching the surface of wood to improve its resistance and durability. This strong, indigenous character is enhanced with contrasting white window frames and whitewashed balcony and porch walls, to add an element of playfulness to the architectural composition.
Natural materials are used extensively inside and out, with rich, dark colors evoking a sense of warmth and comfort consistent with the ideal of a mountain chalet. Open-plan living and dining areas have high, raked ceilings, a fireplace and picture windows with outstanding views. Custom designed, hand-crafted furniture with high quality fabrics and leather, as well as custom designed light fixtures using traditional Aomori wood turning techniques add to the rich, cozy warmth of the living and sleeping rooms. Open stairwells give drama and a strong sense of connection between the levels. All utility infrastructure, such as gas and kerosene tanks as well as boilers are concealed. Heating is provided by a discrete, safe and non-allergenic radiator system which optimizes energy efficiency and comfort. Each chalet comes with a ski equipment locker room, and generous storage spaces are provided for both daily and long-term owner use.