Built along a grassy hillside, the Skyward House blends beautifully into the woodsy environment while providing protection from the busy street below. The living areas of the residence were built higher in the Kazuhiko Kishimoto-designed home to help provide comfort to the homeowner as this was intended to be her final home.

Skyward House by Kazuhiko Kishimoto / acaa in architecture  Category

The house is equally open and closed, providing plenty of exposure to enjoy the view while also remaining private per the client’s wishes.

Skyward House by Kazuhiko Kishimoto / acaa in architecture  Category

Skyward House by Kazuhiko Kishimoto / acaa in architecture  Category

The exterior is clad in horizontal wood planks that continue on in the interior’s outermost rooms.

Skyward House by Kazuhiko Kishimoto / acaa in architecture  Category

Skyward House by Kazuhiko Kishimoto / acaa in architecture  Category

Skyward House by Kazuhiko Kishimoto / acaa in architecture  Category

Skyward House by Kazuhiko Kishimoto / acaa in architecture  Category

Skyward House by Kazuhiko Kishimoto / acaa in architecture  Category

The square plan is both compact and well thought out, making the most of each space.

Skyward House by Kazuhiko Kishimoto / acaa in architecture  Category

Skyward House by Kazuhiko Kishimoto / acaa in architecture  Category

The interior space is all white with light coming in through the ceiling and the openings to the outer rooms. The ceiling is also higher, drawing the eyes towards the sky.

Skyward House by Kazuhiko Kishimoto / acaa in architecture  Category

Skyward House by Kazuhiko Kishimoto / acaa in architecture  Category

Skyward House by Kazuhiko Kishimoto / acaa in architecture  Category

This outer room almost feels like it’s outdoors with the warm wood panels and wide expanses of glass.

Skyward House by Kazuhiko Kishimoto / acaa in architecture  Category

Skyward House by Kazuhiko Kishimoto / acaa in architecture  Category

Skyward House by Kazuhiko Kishimoto / acaa in architecture  Category

Skyward House by Kazuhiko Kishimoto / acaa in architecture  Category

Photos by Hiroshi Ueda.