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MDS Co.Ltd | Villa in Yatsugatake 

Architecture MDS Co.Ltd | Villa in Yatsugatake 

MDS Co.Ltd | Villa in Yatsugatake The villa with a farm where the residents can grow their own vegetable is located at the foot of the mountain. The house invites the surrounding natural environment inside. Although a small island country, Japan is long in the north-south direction, and thus, has varying climate and culture. The beauty exists in each season in these different locales which has their own climates and cultures. Since the ancient times, the people in Japan has nurtured their aesthetic sense as they coexist with the nature. Mt. Yatsugatake is located in the middle of this archipelago.

MDS Co.Ltd | Villa in Yatsugatake 

© Toshiyuki Yano

MDS Co.Ltd | Villa in Yatsugatake 

© Toshiyuki Yano

The middle part of the mountain’s side is known as one of Tokyo’s summer getaways. Lower down in elevation, vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers are grown. The site for this villa is located in the area in between these two where it is a little too hot, for Japanese standard, in summer and very cold in winter.

MDS Co.Ltd | Villa in Yatsugatake 

© Toshiyuki Yano

MDS Co.Ltd | Villa in Yatsugatake 

© Toshiyuki Yano

The client is an elderly couple who left the life in the city and moved to this land surrounded by beautiful mountains to spend their remaining lives farming. Located in the harsh environment, it was necessary for the house to provide an interior environment without relying on air conditioning for the residents to stay cool in summer and warm in winter. First of all, considering the cold period in winter, the building is arranged in fan-shape open toward the south, so that the amount of sun light entering the building is maximized, and the residents can enjoy the warmth of the sun at any time of the day.

MDS Co.Ltd | Villa in Yatsugatake 

© Toshiyuki Yano

MDS Co.Ltd | Villa in Yatsugatake 

© Toshiyuki Yano

In summer, on the other hand, the extended, gate-shaped, roof and walls block the bright sun and shade the interior. The windows placed on the south and north invite the breeze to cool down inside.

MDS Co.Ltd | Villa in Yatsugatake 

© Toshiyuki Yano

MDS Co.Ltd | Villa in Yatsugatake 

© Toshiyuki Yano

MDS Co.Ltd | Villa in Yatsugatake 

© Toshiyuki Yano

Thanks to the spatial arrangement of the plan, which was derived from the thermal environment of the house, the sceneries with varying depth extend beyond the openings connecting the rooms. The various spatial qualities and scenes unfold inside the house despite its simple plan.

Location: Hokuto-City,Yamanashi, Japan
Architect: MDS Co.Ltd 
Architecture: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS
Photography: Toshiyuki Yano
Date of completion: 2012
Principal use: Residence
Structure: Wood
Site area: 691.00m2
Total floor area: 110.01 m2 (71.65 m2/1F, 38.36 m2/2F)
Exterior finish: plasterer
Roof: galvanized color steel sheet standing-seam roofing
Floor: oak flooring
Wall: plasterer
Ceiling: acrylic emulsion paint + plaster board

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