Nagano, Japan

This sloping site is divided in half by a stream, and at the center of the site sits a huge stone kiln. These elements were regarded as important contextual and regional characteristics, and the client wished to preserve them. The spatial composition also includes a stone wall with a small opening at its center on the north facade that provides a view of the kiln. The wall follows the curves in the stream and defined the interior spaces. Another wall, made of Canadian red cedar, extends and connects to the other side of the stream. All circulation routes such as stairs and corridors are placed along this wall. A third wall, forming a brick cylinder containing a kitchen, a bathroom, and a fireplace, is the functional core of the house.