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Architecture Design of Villa UONUMA

Description About The Project

Villa UONUMA designed by Tsutsumi & Associates is a prominent project which adapt the climate and enviroment surrounding. Indeed, one of the requests from the client was a multi – layered and complicated house. Also, it is an anti – indigenous request compare to the local gable roof. Reinterpreting the meaning of the frequent use of conventional gables, means combining single – pitched roofs. If there are bends or troughs in the middle of the roof, snow will accumulate there and cause damage to the house. Therefore, the designer thought of light and rhythmic shapes by superimposing the segmented single – pitched roofs in various directions.

On the first floor, a Living, Dining Kitchen shared by three generations, two Japanese – style rooms, a bedroom for the grandparents, a toilet, and a bathroom planned. In addition to the main entrance, there is a sub – entrance for clients who enjoy trail running. Also, this sub – entrance eliminates the difference in level with the dirt floor, keep in mind the future barrier – free design.

The kitchen on the North side has a large opening. So that the owner can always feel the rice fields and the surrounding mountains. B5yesides, along the living room and Japanese – style room on the South side, a long porch provided to serve as a space for interacting with guests. On the second floor, the designer planned a second kitchen and living room, children’s bedrooms, parents’ bedrooms, workspaces, toilets, and shower booths. In addition, elements that often discarded in modern houses, such as a farmhouse barn, a Japanese – style room, a porch, and a Buddhist altar, actively used.

The Architecture Design Project Information:

Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates
Cedar exterior walls, dome-shaped garage, steep gable roof.

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Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates
Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates
The exterior wall of the second floor of this Villa UONUMA vertically laid with local cedar boards, and that of the first floor is general – purpose Galvalume.

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Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates
Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates

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Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates
Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates

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Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates

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Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates
Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates
In the workspace of this Villa UONUMA, the desk and bookshelf are custom – made. And the landscape can be seen from the horizontally long picture window while working.

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Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates
Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates

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Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates
Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates
Partly using indigenous roofs and cedar walls, on the other hand, by adopting modern roof combinations and materials, an architecture with a sense of tension is created. The pillars and beams exposed inside the room, and the complicated roof structure can be seen.

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Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates

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Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates
Indeed, from the windows arranged to cut out the beautiful scenery, one can feel the seasonal changes in nature. In the season when it is buried in heavy snow, the lightly layered roofs will become part of the landscape.
Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates

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Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates

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As with the first floor, the kitchen of this Villa UONUMA offers a panoramic view of the North side.
Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates

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Villa UONUMA embodies intimacy and openness by Tsutsumi & Associates

The Villa UONUMA Gallery:

Text by the Architects: Maximum snow depth is 2.7m. The Uonuma region, known as the production area of ​​Koshihikari rice, is also one of the world’s heaviest snowfall areas. Cedar exterior walls, dome-shaped garage, steep gable roof. In this heavy snowfall area, the climate has nurtured design. In this area with its characteristic indigenousness, the question becomes, “How to design indigenous elements that actively reinterpreted rather than mimicked sentimentally” (Kenneth Frampton).

Photo credit: Kenta Hasegawa | Source: Tsutsumi & Associates

For more information about this project; please contact the Architecture firm :
– Add: Japan
– Tel: +81 90-4600-4732
– Email: [email protected]

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