On the island of Hokkaido (Japan), the architect Makoto Suzuki has designed himself an abode known as House in Tokiwa. The residence includes a work space, along nearby with many other functions. House in Tokiwa sits in the rural area, just outside of Sapporo and features a series of timber clad volumes that also comprise of spaces including an office, his father’s weekend villa and an additional sculpting studio. The various programs of the House of Tokiwa are scattered and organised around a shared communal space at the centre of the plan.
House in Tokiwa is humble abode that allows its residents to witness the changes of the seasons
The design of the House in Tokiwa allows its resident to full take advantage of the houses natural surroundings. The kitchen has various large openings that offer many sweeping views across the forest floor, while the bedrooms are made to be more private. In order to reduce the visual scale of the property, Suzuki designed a series of interconnected and modestly sized volumes that merge seamlessly with the surroundings.
It was important for Suzuki to allow the residents to appreciate the regions changing seasons. To allow this, large windows are integrated along the facade, to allow generous and expansive external views, while also allowing daylight to penetrate into the interior spaces. Through these openings, the residents can fully witness and appreciate the falling leaves of the autumn season and snowfall during winter. At the rear of the House in Tokiwa, a green roofed volume extends out into the landscape, dissolving the residence within the trees of the forest.