A Crescent-Shaped House Designed Around a Tree

Phase dance is a weekend house in a dense forest in Shizuoka, Japan, on a hillside property. After visiting the vacant site a few times, Takeshi Hirobe Architects was interested in a large stewartia tree with orange bark and decided that it should stop. Since the tree is the center of the building area, they designed a crescent-shaped house that wrapped around the tree, creating a relationship between the two while giving it the space it needs to thrive.

The tree marks the center point with the distinctive structure angled around it. The asymmetrical ceiling consists of triangular surfaces with wooden rafters that create graphic line patterns.

The imposing upper floor is designed as a reading room with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves along the back wall. The opposite side, facing the tree, has oversized windows that provide natural light on both floors. Plus, the windows offer nature views for those relaxing or reading a book.

The top floor overlooks the first floor with a void that makes both levels appear larger.

Directly next to the mezzanine between the floors is a built-in outdoor area, which is covered with triangular panels as in the indoor area.

On the ground floor, a living room, dining room and kitchen share a room with windows to the view. Some rectangular windows on the back wall bring additional light into the concrete room.

One of the bedrooms can be used as a flexible room with a sliding door that disappears and leaves the room open to the hallway.

Photos by Koichi Torimura.

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