Over the past years, Shigeru Ban Architects studies a number of design concepts based on the work of an acclaimed modernist architect: Mies Van Der Rohe. Solid Cedar House is also a part of these ongoing studies. Located in Kobuchizawa Town, Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture, this modern house is a 2015 project that designed with locally sourced wood.
In this project, Mies uses concrete and brick structure walls to connect the space sequence’s from the interior space of the house to the landscape surrounding. The wall and the slab in this project (roof and ceiling) cut different scenery in every room of the house.
This house has been designed and constructed using locally sourced wood. It is built with horizontal and vertical planes to create a series of carefully configured living spaces. The walls of the house not only frame the surrounding scenery but also has an important role to ensure a sense of privacy and seclusion that hiding the roads and neighboring houses. The most intimate areas of this house are located at the center of the single storey plan.
Solid Cedar House Gallery
Photography: Shigeru Ban Architects