Forest Bath is a summer home located in Nagano, Japan designed by Kyoko Ikuta Architecture Laboratory and Ozeki Architects & Associates. The building is located on a flat site with no opportunity of an extensive view; instead, the architects decided to concentrate the focal point upwards into the sky.

Since the geometry of the residence is triangular, the architects were able to remove a portion of the angular roof to receive more natural lighting and view of the surrounding landscape. The dramatic opening also serves as a private outdoor courtyard. The outdoor space defined the interior layout, too, which is separated into two sections — the bedroom and bath.

What I love more than the simplicity of this house is how the light and shadows reflect off its stark walls. Since the home has a low profile, the trees extend much higher than the home producing an almost abstract overshadow. It’s amazing how good a simple rooftop looks as an overall structure for a building.

Forest Bath in main architecture  Category

Forest Bath in main architecture  Category

Forest Bath in main architecture  Category

Forest Bath in main architecture  Category

Forest Bath in main architecture  Category

Forest Bath in main architecture  Category

Forest Bath in main architecture  Category