When we came upon this 800-square-foot home designed by Takanori Ineyama Architects, we started to question what, exactly, we're doing with our lives, and why we aren't living in Japan. Located in Yamanashi, a prefecture a couple hours outside of Tokyo, the countryside area's offerings are unreal: views of Mount Fuji, hot springs, lakes, shrines...not to mention that Yamanashi is known for its wine and candy-sweet grapes and peaches.
But, back to the house: Takanori Ineyama built the dwelling with the idea of leaving city life behind and purposefully taking in nature, both physically and spiritually. The design features an open plan that allows for family connection, large picture windows that frame the landscape, as well as a serene spot dedicated to worship. "Religion with the community is a very important factor for migrants from the city," Ineyama explained.
Care was also taken in selecting materials. By combining two different elements — steel and wood — the home maintains an urban identity while still harmonizing with its rural setting.