In the Nagano Prefecture of Japan, a glass and burnt cedar clad villa sits in a forest as naturally as a rock in a meadow. The Spread House, created by Tokyo-based Makoto Takei + Chie Nabeshima/TNA, is a weekend house for the owner. The minimalist glass box is reminiscent of Philip Johnson's Glass House. The home has a simple yet eloquent respect for nature, making a very small impact on the landscape. And as Japanese Architecture + Urbanism notes, it contains a central courtyard that acts almost like another room of the house.
The single-story home is held by stilts above a sloping hillside in a forest in Japan. The 10.85 meter square building has a 4.4 meter square courtyard centered within the plan of the home. This box-like home holds a very special present for the owners as they enter for their weekend vacations. The courtyard frames a section of the forest, including a singular tree, to create another room to be occupied within the house. This center courtyard, as well as the exterior windows, allow for this home to be almost completely day-lit, as well!
Lightly stained cedar-paneled interior walls divide the rather open floor plan of the home at interesting angles. This also helps to frame the views within the home so the occupants can better enjoy the story being told by the landscape beyond. Though TNA designed the exterior of the building to maintain a regimented appearance, the interior is also wonderfully broken up by the interior walls to create a freedom in chaos.