Simple and intimate Japanese house leans over wooded slope

The elementary pitched roof and the skilful use of wood to define the interiors make the house by Kunihiko Matsuba a welcoming refuge in the midst of nature.

With the Machida House, Japanese architect Kunihiko Matsuba introduces an essential and comfortable refuge in a natural environment that is difficult to inhabit due to a very steep slope. To protect the building from the dampness of the ground, the designer decided to raise it on a concrete podium, so the house seems to be poised above the slope.

The residence has a very elongated shape (4.6x23.6 m) and is externally defined by an pitched roof of corrugated sheet metal. The horizontally arranged wooden planks accentuate its long form and contribute to the integration of the artificial construction in its context.

All rooms are arranged longitudinally and distributed through a corridor that runs along the entire house, ending with its main space, the living room. The lounge area stands out for its large corner window connecting the wild landscape with the warm materiality of the interiors, dominated by the skilful use of wood that creates distinct textures on the floors, ceilings, furnishings and windows.

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