Where form meets function

Architect Kazuhiko Kishimoto had the local community in mind for Beyond the Hill, a timber house he built on a steep slope in Yokohama. On the lowest level, wide stairs decline downward along the site, leading to a center courtyard open to the sky. The client, who teaches cooking classes in her kitchen, wanted a home that encouraged public invitation.

The interior is clad in the same timber floors with white walls. A series of small windows create dynamic shadows that pattern the walls, visually changing throughout the day. Browse the gallery.

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