This small house in rural Japan by Tokyo firm Case Design Studio is lifted off the ground on a single central pillar (+ slideshow).
Case Design Studio designed the single-storey home for a couple and located it on a sloping site in Yamanashi Prefecture, close to Mount Fuji.
A winding pathway leads from the road towards an elevated entrance, which comprises an external staircase that ascends to a balcony.
The house centres around a double-height dining room, which is lit from above by a series of clerestory windows.
Other rooms are arranged around the outside of the dining room and include a bedroom, kitchen, bathrooms and a traditional Japanese room filled with tatami mats.
According to the studio, the rooms were designed to lead into one another in a "migratory flow pattern", meaning there are "no dead ends".
The Japanese room is raised on a wooden platform and features a large window, offering a view out towards the trees.
Flooring elsewhere is concrete and features under-floor heating.
Interior walls are painted white, contrasting with the dark timber that lines the inside of the dining room.
Location: Yamanashi Prefecture, Minamitsuru Narusawa village
Primary use: Housing (residence)
Land size: 395 sqm
Construction area: 75 sqm
Total floor area: 67 sqm (20T)
First floor scale: ground