Division House by Takei Nabeshima Architects in Nagano Prefecture, Japan
When architects Makoto Takei and Chie Nabeshima of Takei Nabeshima Architects (TNA) first visited this white-birch forest in the Yatsugatake mountains, they lost all sense of direction. To bring a point of reference to the site, they designed Division House as if it were a signpost itself – indeed the asymmetrical pitched roof looks like an enormous arrow, turning the house into a kind of compass. The twin cubes, built as a weekend home for a Tokyo couple, are arranged along a north-south axis. Windows face four distinct zones: pond, creek, well and road. 'You experience a total immersion in the forest when you’re inside the house,' says Takei.
Writer: Cathelijne Nuijsink