This three-story residence sits astride and steep slope, and cascades down from street level to present a low profile to the neighborhood. Careful manipulation of site planning and building volume embeds the architecture with minimal disturbance to the preserved, native silver-birch forest, not-withstanding the residence’s substantial size.
Domaine de Montille Winery2021.12.08
Domaine De Montille Winery in Hakodate integrates and combines Terroir and Ainu philosophy through contemporary interpretation to fit our time and place in history and technology. Design emphasis is on subtlety of form and material, as opposed to overly decorative, shallow and superficial design character. Consistent with Ainu…
The Dharma Niseko Hotel, slated to open in 2022, is located on Hirafu’s “Restaurant Row”, an iconic street characterized by a variety of building styles and eclectic restaurants and bars. Dharma Niseko distinguishes itself as a new landmark through simple, contemporary, organic architecture – essentially a platonic cube punctuated…
Adjacent “Millionaires’ Row” in Niseko’s vibrant Middle Village, ensconced in a serene, cliff-edge silver-birch forest setting, Corniche Hirafu is an exclusive, 7,291m2 master-planned luxury onsen estate within and old-growth silver birch forest. Entrance to the gated estate takes one past a nature park along a private, heated avenue…
World’s Tallest Wooden Building2018.02.15
A Japanese company has announced plans for the world’s tallest wooden building, a 1,148-foot skyscraper in central Tokyo that will leave all previous wooden structures in its shade. Sumitomo Forestry Co. Ltd., the timber and forest management arm of the Sumitomo, one of Japan’s largest business conglomerate, plans to complete…