Kouichi Kimura designed the gorgeous Scape House, a vertical conglomeration of rectangular volumes. Windows of varying sizes provide views of the surrounding landscape in Shiga, Japan while filling the interior with natural light.
Within each of the cuboid volumes that make up Scape House, designer Kimura inlayed windows that reveal a strategically curated view of the neighborhood. Since the home is set on a hill overlooking a lake, Kimura curated each view to provide a private and different experience. Some windows overlook sky, while others look out to the neighbors or the scenic landscape. Interior windows also let the residents peak into other parts of the house. The windows range from smaller glazed surfaces to glass curtains. This diversity not only gives different viewing experiences, but also creates a screen of privacy from the views of neighbors.
Kimura added built-in furniture elements to the interior. Throughout the two-storey home, shelving, tables and seating areas emerge in a harmonious palette of black, white and gray. These build-ins can be used for storage or seating, allowing the family flexibility over time. The ground floor houses a dining area, kitchen and master bedroom, while the second floor boasts a living area and other bedrooms lined by a balcony that overlooks the first floor. The boxy volumes create a modern home that offers residents a unique experience with the landscape surrounding it.