House in Maitamon
Tomohiro Hata architect & associates
Kobe Hyogo, Japan
A box of wood and glass set over the woods for admirable views of the natural landscape of Hyogo, in Kobe Prefecture.

The design philosophy of Tomohiro Hata Architects & Associates involves creating spaces that adapt to the topography of the site and can maintain their essence as the years go by. The Japanese firm endeavors to make each project unique, and with the idea that the building is to be inhabited for a long time.
‘House in Maitamon’ rises on the slope of a mountain outside a quiet residential district. Taking advantage of a 4-meter clearing in the woods, the wooden dwelling is raised over the ground to give it expansive views. It progressively inserts itself into the forest, growing in height and emerging amid the foliage. Nature is treated with respect: the project refrains from altering the geological features of the place, as well as from felling trees. 
The facades are almost entirely glazed, and the transparency makes the interiors merge with the surroundings. The house is only 3.6 meters wide, enabling the branches of the nearest trees to embrace it, not to mention the privacy provided by natural means. The long volume is held up by a structure of pinewood (selected and treated by local carpenters), a steel-reinforced framework of ‘flying 3D trusses’ that can move and bend, designed to withstand earthquakes and wind pressures.
Inspired by tradition, Tomohito achieves a modest work of modern architecture in harmony with its environment.

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