On the island of Hokkaido (Japan), the architect Makoto Suzuki has designed himself an abode known as House in Tokiwa. The residence includes a work space, along nearby with many other functions. House in Tokiwa sits in the rural area, just outside of Sapporo and features a series of timber clad volumes that also comprise of spaces including an office, his father’s weekend villa and an additional sculpting studio. The various programs of the House of Tokiwa are scattered and organised around a shared communal space at the centre of the plan.
makoto suzuki’s design allows residents to benefit from the house’s natural surroundings. the kitchen has large openings that offer sweeping views across the forest floor, while the bedrooms have been conceived as more intimate nest-like settings. in order to reduce the visual scale of the property, the architect designed a series of interconnected, modestly proportioned volumes that merge with the woodland backdrop.