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Weekend House in Karuizawa

Set in a woodland area an hour’s drive from Tokyo, the house commands a panoramic view on all sides. The mini-tower seems to exist without vertical elements; indeed, not even the individual storeys are legible. Everything is concealed behind a layer of laminated cedar strips, which are rigidly fixed to timber columns more than 10 m high. To avoid the use of diagonal members, rigid connections were necessary for the prefabricated Vierendeel facade structure. This was achieved with annular split-ring connectors. The facade boarding ensures a restrained appearance. Bands of glazing between the cedar strips afford sensuous glimpses into the house and do justice to the underlying concept of transparency.
This article is taken out of the following magazine:
DETAIL 10/2007

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