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Omizubata N House

Iida Archiship

Karuizawa, 170 kilometres north-west of Tokyo in the Japanese prefecture of Nagano, is a little town nestled at the foot of the active volcano Mount Asama. Luxuriant vegetation, gentle slopes and proximity to the capital city made Karuizawa an exclusive weekend and holiday resort already by the end of the 19th century. Tucked away in a forest of larch, Douglas fir and birch, the house - a weekend retreat designed by architect Yoshihiko Iida - slips into its surrounds, adapts to the sloping terrain and respects the naturally growing trees.
From the main access road to the north of the plot, a path - paved with local larch planks initially used as formwork during construction – winds its way for some 40 metres towards the house following the natural contour of the land. The pathway continues along the west side of the building to form an outdoor corridor protected by the sloping...

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