Villa DARIA

Mountain house at Yamanashi-Prefecture 北杜市 / Japan / 2012

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The country retreat of an Italian lady who has lived in Japan for 40 years, and her family, situated on a plateau about 2 hours drive from Tokyo. At 1998, the exterior is finished in timber, and there is a strong vertical emphasis resembling a stand of trees. (Last year 2012 changed to aluminum-zinc alloy-coated steel sheet, because of protect from woodpecker.) Openings are provided with wooden shutters both for security and cleanliness, and these are so arranged that when shut they form a single plane with the façade. In plan, a 10×10m square quartered into 5×5m areas constitutes the basic unit. A vertical linkage of spaces is achieved in the loft, the double-height living room with gallery, and the double-height dining room. Seen from within, the windows draw the rich natural surroundings into the interior, making the landscape appear as a set of cut-out pictures.
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    The country retreat of an Italian lady who has lived in Japan for 40 years, and her family, situated on a plateau about 2 hours drive from Tokyo. At 1998, the exterior is finished in timber, and there is a strong vertical emphasis resembling a stand of trees. (Last year 2012 changed to aluminum-zinc alloy-coated steel sheet, because of protect from woodpecker.) Openings are provided with wooden shutters both for security and cleanliness, and these are so arranged that when shut they form a...

    Project details
    • Year 2012
    • Work started in 1997
    • Work finished in 2012
    • Main structure Wood
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Country houses/cottages
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