Sometimes modern house design is as much about what to leave out as it is about what to add in. Finding a delicate rhythm between the walls, windows and indoor-outdoor connections allows the design to include scenic surroundings as part of the decor.
This house, designed by architect Jun Yagisawa, is set within a scenic mountain range. The site is surrounded by natural beauty at every turn, and part of Yagisawa's brief was to design a contemporary residence that maximised the crisp, verdant environment.
"The house's design, when seen from above, represents the concept of three fish slipping through a clear-water stream," says Yagisawa. "The three fish, or structural blades, fan out at the front of the home, creating a broad, open welcome."
The house is built on two levels, with the ground level including the main entrance, a conservatory, three-car garage carparking, ancillary spaces such as staff quarters, and a stairwell and an elevator up to the main floor.
Also at this level, a man-made pond, stream and waterfall seem to meander right under the house. Upon approach, the pond is visible in one of the ground-level niches created by the three curving architectural fins.
"The house sits alongside a stream, and these elements are an echo of that but the water is sourced from the mains," says Yagisawa. "The sights and sounds of moving water give guests the sense of being infused with nature even before they enter the elevator and climb to the main level."