Japanese design often mimics shapes found in nature, and this house in Shiga Prefecture is a beautiful example of that. This curved house in Japan introduces organic, flowing shapes into a neighborhood dominated by traditional pitched-roofed homes. Architect Tsuyoshi Kawata of Osaka studio Tonoma designed it in order to bring the architecture and the neighboring park closer together.
The house has several crescent-shaped apertures that offer glimpses out to the lush green park. A natural timber frame gives the structure a warmer feel and enters into a dialogue with the neighboring architecture. The windows, also timber-framed, provide views of the garden, while a small decked terrace can be accessed from the study.
Two floors contain living and dining areas, master bedroom, which is at ground level, and a playroom and study located on the smaller upper level. The bedroom is located in the front part of the house, while a double-height space that runs along the back of the plot contains the living areas.