Four Leaves House

Located in the Karuizawa forest, just outside of Tokyo, the Four Leaves House serves as a weekend retreat from the city. The villa is comprised of three interlocking volumes. Topped with sweeping rooflines, the silhouette resembles a pile of leaves that have fallen from the branches of the surrounding trees. Its organic form and timber cladding allows the exterior to blend into the natural landscape. Internally, curved wooden joists are exposed on the interior, highlighting the contour of the ceiling. A minimalist approach creates a tranquil atmosphere while allowing expansive views of the forest to take the main focus.

Photos: Norihito Yamauchi / KIAS

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