Shogo Aratani designed the two-storey house for a site with an 11-metre change of level from front to back, so he divided the building into a series of blocks that stagger up to follow the slope of the hill. "We decided to place volumes along the sloped ground to minimise excavation," said the architect. "We designed the spatial sequence in relation to the landscape by placing three volumes along contour lines." The three rectilinear volumes fan out around a triangular central section that accommodates the houses's main staircase, but which also functions as a small library. Books can be stored on shelves around the three edges of the space, as well as within the gaps between treads.
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