Vista House, Shiga, Japan

日本滋賀 景觀之家

FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects|FORM/木村浩一建築師事務所

The site is located in a cluttered residential neighborhood along a river which is recessed from a major road in an urban area. A large and lengthy building is looming to the west of the house. The client requested to have an open house while it is closed to the outside with their garage built inside the house. First of all, I determined the necessary area for the garage and then developed the plan while examining the site’s characteristics.


I laid out the building to fit within the shape of the narrow and lengthy site which runs eastwest. Wall openings have been minimized to secure privacy. As the building has massive proportions, it shows free and lively presence that is created by the contrast of shed and flat roofs, which is highlighted by the combination of spray coating and galvalume finish of the exterior wall.



The built-in garage is designed to be used not only as a car shed but also as a space to make oneself calm and organized. The interior is unified with black color. The subdued light coming through frosted glass emphasizes the profiles of the small object and branches that are put on the window sill. The reflection on the glossy floor produces an extraordinary situation. When the sliding door which is provided to the adjacent entrance hall is left open, the space will merge the hall into an extended dramatic one. The LDK on the second floor is made to be dynamic, taking advantage of the openings that connect the sceneries on both east and west ends, as well as the high sloped ceiling. The large and lengthy building, which is located to the west of the site and gives oppressive feelings to the street, has an open space which is faced with the site. To make the best use of the situation, a balcony and a large opening with a clear sightline has been provided towards the open space, to take the view inside the room. The view trimmed by the opening brings about urbanized scenery and produces sophisticated atmosphere in the room.



Principal ArchitectsKouichi Kimura

Character of SpaceResidence

Total Floor Area169,64

Principal MaterialsMortarTileGalvanised SteelPlaster

Principal StructureWood

LocationShiga, Japan

PhotosNorihito Yamauchi

TextKouichi Kimura

InterviewAngel Chi


主要建築師:木村 浩一






影像:山內 紀人

文字:木村 浩一


FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects|FORM/木村浩一建築師事務所
“His works, mainly residences, are characterized by a poetic and functional minimalism in which a sense of openness and privacy is achieved through careful slicing and layering of wall elements, light and shadows, volumes and spaces.” RICHARD MEIER