A Country Villa By Kengo Kuma

Kengo kuma and associates has completed a countryside villa set in a rural area of eastern japan. Influenced by le corbusier’s villa savoye and andrea palladio’s villa la rotonda, the design is perched lightly on previously existing concrete foundations – envisioned as a cloud floating above the forest landscape. Rather than being completely autonomous, the dwelling allows itself to become one with the forest, a building that exists comfortably and naturally within its setting. The project is characterized by an external deck which runs around the perimeter of the upper level, oriented to receive direct sunlight. The lightweight structure uses thin materials throughout, with flooring constructed from high strength fiber-reinforced concrete that is only 87mm thick. The roof plane is also exceptionally narrow extending into the forest, while simultaneously referencing the region’s vernacular style.

photo © daici ano 
all images courtesy of kengo kuma and associates