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Architecture:
One Year Project

September 17, 2017

Japanese architecture firm Lifestyle Koubou has recenty completeted their One Year Project which is an incredible vacation home situated at the base of Mt Bandai, a Stratovolcano near Fukushima, Japan. The building was designed and built to retain a natural balance with the surrounding environment so the structure itself has been primarily constructed from wood that was harvested from around the site. After the construction had been completed, more trees were planted around the property to replace those lost during the build. This has helped to retain a harmonious balance that is almost a necessity in the Japanese woodlands.

Japanese architecture firm Lifestyle Koubou has recenty completeted their One Year Project which is an incredible vacation home situated at the base of Mt Bandai, a Stratovolcano near Fukushima, Japan. The building was designed and built to retain a natural balance with the surrounding environment so the structure itself has been primarily constructed from wood that was harvested from around the site. After the construction had been completed, more trees were planted around the property to replace those lost during the build. This has helped to retain a harmonious balance that is almost a necessity in the Japanese woodlands.



The One Year Project has been designed in two sections or pods which are connected by an open air skybridge. These two sections have been designated the 'wet' and 'dry' sections of the house as one houses an open living space and bedroom whilst the other half houses areas that require plumbing such as the bathroom and kitchen. The sections theselves are also raised on a series of stilts. These were designed to help the structure during the winter when the area receives heavy snowfall. These also continue up through the structure as supporting columns for the roof span. These are angled on their way up through the building to mirror the gently sloping angles of the forest trees around the house. From the interior these really help blend the house into its surrounding.

The One Year Project has been designed in two sections or pods which are connected by an open air skybridge. These two sections have been designated the 'wet' and 'dry' sections of the house as one houses an open living space and bedroom whilst the other half houses areas that require plumbing such as the bathroom and kitchen. The sections theselves are also raised on a series of stilts. These were designed to help the structure during the winter when the area receives heavy snowfall. These also continue up through the structure as supporting columns for the roof span. These are angled on their way up through the building to mirror the gently sloping angles of the forest trees around the house. From the interior these really help blend the house into its surrounding.



Despite its name, the One Year Project actually only took 4 months to construct the building itself. The name stems from the total on site time from the felling of the first tree in mid winter to the completion and opening of the house. The entire concept is incredible from the repurposing of the surrounding woodland to the way the property blends into yet stands out from the trees. This is one project that we would love to see become more common around the world to help reduce the impact that modern building practices are having on the environment.

Despite its name, the One Year Project actually only took 4 months to construct the building itself. The name stems from the total on site time from the felling of the first tree in mid winter to the completion and opening of the house. The entire concept is incredible from the repurposing of the surrounding woodland to the way the property blends into yet stands out from the trees. This is one project that we would love to see become more common around the world to help reduce the impact that modern building practices are having on the environment.



You can see more on The One Year Project on the Lifestyle Koubou website at lifestylekoubou.com or follow them on Facebook /lifestylekoubou
You can see more on The One Year Project on the Lifestyle Koubou website at lifestylekoubou.com or follow them on Facebook /lifestylekoubou

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