Outdoor clothing designers Setsumasa and Mami Kobayashi built this weekend retreat in the Chichibu mountain range northwest of Tokyo from locally harvested larch wood and removable fiberplastic walls. The ‘platform for living’ (not to be referred to as a house) runs on solar energy and has electricity, hot water, wifi, iPads and other bare necessities.¬†The yellow not-quite-geodesic dome tents are the bedrooms.¬†Photos by Dean Kaufman via Dwell.





Posted by contributor 1:23 PM, August 20th, 2011 3 comments


  1. this is beautifully considered and at one with its surrounds. yes please!

    Comment by DYLAN — August 26, 2011 @ 7:57 pm
  2. I recently have undertaken a project to build a configuration of a Ken Isaacs, Living Structure for a micro research space and I tell you as a solo condensed construction project it was not walk in the woods, it demaned toil and concentration. This project above by Setsumasa and Mami Kobayashi Very nicely extends Isaacs project with exactness and aesthetic wit and function/environmental balance. So good to see these visions are being realistically activated by great people. It is this life as art, environmental exercise which is the real way to change our lingering modern consumer- predicament. Peace Hut!

    Comment by Jhogan — August 30, 2011 @ 11:26 pm
  3. nicely said Jhogan!

    Comment by Mansur — November 19, 2011 @ 3:50 am

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