Reslope House in Kobe / Tomohiro Hata

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The hillside house in Kobe by Japanese Architect Tomohiro Hata  is one of the many residences that have been developed over the years on the same sloping plot. The original house was completely demolished to free up the site and allow freedom to re-establish an improved home that works with the natural topography of the hill.

Reslope House by Tomohiro Hata Architects technical information

Our ideal way when creating a house is that our client plays a game of architecture. We design the rules through dialogue with our client keeping in mind environment, wishes, cost, law and other various conditions. This allows our client to play the game rather freely

– Tomohiro Hata Architects

Reslope House Article by Tomohiro Hata Architects

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Everyday life of 10000 times
The number of times for daily living will amazingly expand when you begin your life in a new house. First, notice that one year contains 365 days. Within 30 years, you will have spent more than 10,000 days. Everyday necessities such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, using the restroom or taking a bath are repeated more than 10,000 times. Thinking about it, to live daily in an affluent place such as a house can lead to enriched things. We try to consciously design houses for long term daily living.

Joy, Anger, Grief, and Pleasure
In daily life, people live, experiencing a variety of emotions. One day you may feel fine as you can forgive anything. The next day you may feel withdrawn or overwhelmed by deep grief as you don’t feel like talking to anyone. There may be days positive feelings are encouraged by listening to the voice of your children jumping around at a reading room. We think that creating a house is to create a personal space which can embrace the complexity of human psychology.

Resident and Residence
People change as time goes by. Naturally families can change as well. We have never ever thought of creating a house in order to adjust it to our clients or their families. We do keep in mind that we uniquely design a house for the existence of the person, so that the space and the resident can connect with each other. We embrace a natural flow every time we create a totally different house.

Client and Architect
As an architect, listening to a client’s demand is essential. However, we do not think of creating architecture solely by accepting anything the client wishes. Space should be created by considering the essence of what a client does and does not wish. Every single day we design with such considerations in mind.

Reslope House Gallery
Cite this article: "ReSlope House in Kobe / Tomohiro Hata" in ArchEyes, February 16, 2016,