January 28, 2022


Beauty Made Perfect

masaki ihara integrates household with tiered foundation into smaller japanese mountain

on the hillside of a smaller mountain in aichi, japan, masaki ihara of architecture studio IHRMK has understood a non-public home on a tiered foundation. the staggered framework follows the type of the sloping terrain and integrates into the bordering vegetation to settle within just the area topography in a balanced, harmonious way. 

all visuals courtesy of IHRMK



when observing the homes on the mountain, masaki ihara (IHRMK) recognized that there were normally two varieties of construction methods. 1 was to provide artificial soil and establish a regular house on top rated of it, and the other was to make a basement amount by digging the terrain. though the two are convincing approaches to deal with the inclined terrain, ihara needed to propose a way of dwelling where by one can truly feel nearer to the slope and the trees that increase on it. for this cause, the architect developed this challenge with a sectional type, like a tiered stand of hina dolls, and a basis shallow ample so as not to disturb the stream of the subsoil drinking water.

masaki ihara integrates house with tiered foundation into japanese hillside



the tiered foundation is composed of three ranges that phase down 80cm each and every, adhering to the floor of the slope from east to west. the second floor projects out by 1.8m on both equally the east and west facet, and functions as an intermediate space that ties the indoor and outside regions alongside one another. the greatest stage on the east aspect functions as a buffer area in between the house and the highway, and also gets an entrance porch and a porte-cochère. in addition, this action is prolonged 90cm inward in the direction of the household to provide a kitchen area counter at the exact degree as the road, research desk for small children and a landing for the stairs main up to the next ground.

masaki ihara integrates house with tiered foundation into japanese hillside
the clear 1st floor homes the kitchen and the eating area



‘I wanted to develop an condominium in which glances from neighbors walking on the entrance highway will not be confronted, nor shut out’ masaki ihara states. large transparent surfaces full the dwelling, partly revealing what takes place within, although also connecting the interior with the lush bordering vegetation. in addition, the stage on the west side acts as a terrace that cantilevers out as if to dive into the trees, producing a put the place one particular can love the sunlight and pleasant breeze.

masaki ihara integrates house with tiered foundation into japanese hillside
trees and the city are seen by the residence

masaki ihara integrates house with tiered foundation into japanese hillside

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kitchen area, desk, stair landing, entrance

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the terrace opening in the direction of the city

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job data:


challenge identify: 3-tiered platforms
architecture place of work: ihrmk
lead architect: masaki ihara
area: nisshin, aichi, japan



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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom