New home in Fukuoka from Toshiaki Tanaka & Associates Architects
House in Raizan was completed in the villa area developed in the foot of Raizan in January 2010. ‘Raizan' means ‘Mount Rai' in Japanese. Mount Rai is located in the west of Fukuoka Prefecture in Japan and has rich verdant nature. The site slopes gently and commands a view to the northwest of the fertile plains with the ancient ‘Ito' country and Mount Kaya which is a symbol of the Itoshima Peninsula.
The site has a 12-metre difference in height and touches road in two places, so the house can be entered two ways. One of the routes is the steel bridge between the back door on the second floor near the garage. The other is the long approach from the lowest place on the site to the front door on the first floor.
The structure is simply constructed from concrete, wood and steel. The form of the roof is a simple pent roof and the height of the eaves is kept as low as possible. The ceiling of the second floor has the same slope as the roof, and it continues to the balcony with the floor and the wall - these cut out the surrounding scenery.
This house provides one with a spatial experience. It can be expected to be the stage of a good life owing to its assimilation of the surrounding scenery, which changes season by season and day by day.