A Hill on a House by Yuko Nagayama & Associates

This stunning modern home was designed by architect Yuko Nagayama & Associates. The house is 267 square meters and was built in 2006. It is located in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.

From the architect:

This is an urban house surrounded by tall buildings on all sides except for the northeast facing a street.

The issue was how to bring light into the interior, to open the enclosed volume and to develop scenery within it while avoiding looks from the neighborhood. There rises a white illuminated “hill” in the house.

Its slope tilting to the southwest receives and reflects sun light onto the interior. The “hill” that can be seen from all the rooms but never be reached by anyone, is a place shared in our consciousness belonging to nobody.

It is this place that induces another story in our mind beside the everyday life of our own.