The Landscape House, located in a quiet residential neighbourhood in Japan’s Shiga Prefecture, is a mixed-use building designed by FORM / Kouichi Kimura for a client who wanted his hair salon business on the first floor, and personal residence on the second.
The Landscape House cuts a striking figure sporting a facade composed of different rectangular volumes that are arranged in stacks and layers. Creating well-appropriated spaces for this multi-purpose dwelling remained the studio’s top priority. “I came up with an architecture that would bring out a good living environment while laying out the volumes of the shop and residential part,” the studio says.
The hair salon is set up on the ground level with a street-facing entrance for clients. A separate side door opens up to a private hallway and staircase that leads to three bedrooms, a living, kitchen and dining area spread out across the entire second level. A large picture window with views of Mt Inuki, one of Japan’s 100 most famous mountains, hovers over a cozy, recessed seating area. Curtain rails are installed along the open floor plan of the dining and kitchen, loosely dividing or unifying these areas with the rest of the home.