Exterior View - Pilotis in a Forest House / Go Hasegawa

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Completed in 2014 by Japanese architecture studio Go Hasegawa & Associates, “Pilotis in a forest” is a weekend house located three hours outside Tokyo. Situated in the middle of a forest, the light structure blurs with the natural landscape.

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Ground level - Pilotis in a Forest House / Go Hasegawa

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Stair detail in forest - Pilotis in a Forest House / Go Hasegawa

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Views - Pilotis in a Forest House / Go Hasegawa

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Stair and wood detail - Pilotis in a Forest House / Go Hasegawa

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Interior view to courtyard - Pilotis in a Forest House / Go Hasegawa

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Elevated 6. 5 meters in the air through a series of stilts and cross braces, the house provides views of the mountains above the actual trees. An open plaza beneath is sheltered, and the primary volume, which can be accessed by stairs, features frameless windows and a terrace introducing the forest inside the house.

Exterior outdoor lighting brings the outside plaza to life at the ground level. The architects play with ambient and accent lights to create contrast and shadows for an inspiring and intriguing space below the house’s main volume.

Finished in wood, the design – with a bedroom, kitchen area, living bedroom, and restroom – provides a series of spaces in which users engage and accommodate.

Louvered portions on the floor and the ceiling additionally blur the actual boundaries, entwining sight and sounds in the forest your of the house.

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Section of House

 Section of House | © Courtesy of Go Hasegawa

 Floor Plan - Pilotis in a Forest House / Go Hasegawa

 Floor Plan | © Courtesy of Go Hasegawa

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About Go Hasegawa

Go Hasegawa is a Japanese Architect from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He worked at the Taira Nishizawa Architects office until 2004. In 2005 he established the Go Hasegawa & Associates office. He lectured at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Tokyo University of Science, and Hosei University, and he is a visiting professor at the Academy of Architecture of Mendrisio, Switzerland.

He has received several awards—including the 2008 Shinkenchiku Prize and the 2014 AR Design Vanguard—and has made many publications such as Go Hasegawa Works (TOTO Publishing, 2012) and  Go Hasegawa Conversations with European Architects (LIXIL Publishing, 2015). In 2015, he received his Ph.D. in Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

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Cite this article: "Pilotis in a Forest House / Go Hasegawa" in ArchEyes, February 7, 2016, https://archeyes.com/pilotis-forest-go-hasegawa/.