A Bath of Japanese Forest

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Forest Bath is a summer home located in Nagano, Japan designed by Kyoko Ikuta Architecture Laboratory and Ozeki Architects & Associates. Because of the mild elevation change in the old forest, the architects focus the views on the sky as well as the surrounding forest.

The angular walls and ceilings allow the stark white rooms to be complemented by the deep greens and light blues of the shaded forest and the reflecting sky. Several dramatic openings converge to windows, as well as expand into terraces and sun rooms.

The minimalism of the walls create a space for the changing shadows of the day to complete transform each room. natural light takes a significant role in the feeling of the is house. The best part of the is house, I believe, is the feathery relation between the inside of the house and the illusion of forest being closer ( an integral part of each room).



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