Sometimes, designers can give each room in a house such a distinctive look and feel that they seem to be complete all on their own. Other designers, like Mutsue Hayakusa of Cell Space Architects, actually separate every room, giving each four walls, a floor and roof to themselves.
Hayakusa’s unique plan came together in the form of a home known as Villa K, which resides on a hilltop in a Karuizawa village of Japan.
This house is simple by comparison, yet very unusual in application. There are four rooms in the home, and each was constructed completely independent of the others. A central staircase joins all four rooms in the middle. The four different rooms exist on four different planes, each facing a separate direction and each situated at varying heights.
This singular design plan allows for each room to have its own unique views, many wrapping 360 degrees to the lush green surroundings. The massive windows in the levels allow for much more light into each room than would otherwise be allowed if the floor plan had been more traditional.
In addition, the lines in this home are clear, crisp and uninterrupted. This gives the entire home that Japanese box-style appeal.
There is such a clear division between the interior spaces, it’s easy to see how there would never be a question as to the function of any particular area of the house. It’s entirely simple and straightforward architecture leading into a lifestyle of the same.
To add to the home’s unique appeal, the landscape gives the feeling that the house is set deeply amongst the trees. This jungle-esque setting contrasts sharply with the simplicity of the home itself, but it all seems to blend together beautifully.
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