With incredible views of the sea and lush landscapes, CUBO design architect decided to make the most of the less than ideal, extremely sloped lot. Dubbed “cnest”, the two-volumed residence, located in Kanagawa, Japan, is meant to resemble a floating birdhouse within the surrounding trees.

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Prior to construction, they decided to leave the grove of zelkova and maple trees and build a house that fits into the scenery without disrupting them.

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The two structures have tall, delta-shaped roofs that look as if they are hanging from a big tree.

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The forms cantilever out from the ground helping to give it that floating birdhouse look they were going for. It’s supported by an RC slab and narrow steel branches that brace it.

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Large windows bring the light inside and the angled walls help bounce the light around the space.

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The rooms are long and narrow, giving the appearance of even more space.

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Photos by Hiroshi Ueda and Yasuno Sakata.