The Scape House by Kouichi Kimura offers a different view on the panoramic view.
FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects developed the Scape House in Shiga, Japan. The modern family residence on a hillside location challenged the architects with two conflicting expectations.
The site offers the view on the beautiful scenery of the lake, demanding a design opened towards the landscape. The clients expected that the view be fully considered and that the space be opened while, at the same time, not being bothered by eyes of neighborhood.
Thus, the architects focused on specific views, framed by key-placed window openings:
“Scenery viewed through a window is greatly affected by the size or position of the window. It is therefore essential to consider what should be viewed or not in the scenery framed by the window, instead of being stereotyped to take in the large area of the scenery by providing the largely-opening window.“
“The dynamic configuration involving the box-shape volume with rhythmical layout of the windows produces beautiful life scenes where light and scenery are taken in while the eyes of neighborhood are blocked”