House of Vision by FORM/Kouichi Kimura



House of Vision is a private home in Shiga, Japan by FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects that is designed to shield the client from neighbours.


Completed last year, the house features largely blank exterior elevations but has large windows looking onto an enclosed central courtyard.


Photographs are by Takumi Ota.


Here's some info from the architects:


House of vision

The lot is located at the foot of a hill where the fields and houses are mixed together.


The client’s desire was “to live while feeling nature without being bothered by looks from the neighbors”. To make the best use of the lot, the planning was designed to enclose the lot with the trench extended beyond the building, and to provide an interior courtyard as the center.


The enclosed space clips images from the surrounding landscapes, creating a comfortable outdoor living room that is not exposed to the outside world.


The position of each opening is carefully designed in consideration of “what to take in and what to conceal”.


Specifically the position and form of the opening of the living/dining room with kitchen on the second floor is most effective in concert with the interior.


In this house, the most important theme is “how to close/open” in the open environment.


Architects: FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects
Location: Shiga, Japan


Client: Private
Construction Year: 2008


Site Area: 327,97m2
Constructed Area: 181,74m2
Photographs: Takumi Ota


Posted on Monday April 27th 2009 at 12:03 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • bigcat

    so wanderful~~~~a western building with eastern soul

  • Looks like a bunker / jail / caslte?

  • YU

    so beautiful!!!

  • charlotte

    beautiful! I love the swing area in the courtyard.. so beautifully done

  • Though I understand the sentiment, the last image bespeaks of a shut-in.

  • Scott

    it’s superfantastic!!

  • Nope, doesn’t work for me. As Vielledent says, “a bunker” or the Japanese Rapunzel’s castle … pity the poor little girl, swinging all alone in that courtyard.

  • Minimalist

    Super nice _ Beautiful in its simplicity and minimalist approach, yet warm and welcoming inside. A bold fusion statement.

  • hfz

    why do you want to shut out the beautiful landscape outside in the first place? and the inside is too claustrophobic.

  • Somo

    Makes me wonder what’s wrong with the neighbours.. some beautiful images but also a beautiful setting. What’s the point of that if your dining table faces onto a window looking straight onto a blue wall??? curious. still, I like the retro 50s feel of some of the interiors – reminds me of feel of Wong Kar-Wai films like ‘mood for love’…

  • Looks nice, but impossible to live in it. Imagine your running children in these rooms…

  • Konoswa

    Just puzzled by the inconsistency of modern house designs by Japanese architects — they seem to have ambivalent feelings of being introvert and/or extrovert; in particular, allowing sunlight or daylight into the house! Their architectural design caters to both extreme of claustrophobia and exhibitionism (depending on the clients mental condition?!) as far as window treatment is concerned! I mean they build right in the middle of rice fields yet seemingly afraid of pollution and have air conditioners built-in into the rooms.

    • wacky

      something you need to experience before you understand..

      • 1plus2minus3

        It's true… It is so hard to understand unless you've experienced it, these tiny images don't allow the viewer this access.

  • Ana

    Fascinantes espacios.

    Muy buena arquitectura.

  • 1plus2minus3

    I love how this house is designed for those intimate moments in life, it's almost like a set waiting for the actors to make it come alive, a real vision, cheers!