Florian Busch Architects Create a Contemporary Chalet in Niseko

This house is set in a region that’s often referred to as one of the world’s best winter destinations. Located in Niseko in the Hokkaido Prefecture of Japan, the house attempts to break free from the cookie clutter mountain chalet that the area is renowned for.

Instead, the designers purposely went against the grain to produce something a bit different. The clients provided them with a simple brief: to create an elegant, energy-efficient, maintenance free home.

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Project Details
Architects Florian Busch Architects
Location Niseko, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan
Area 197-square-meters
Year 2017
Photos Glen Claydon

The project was taken on by Florian Busch Architects. They, and the clients, had a few boxes they wanted to tick or the design of the home, including viewpoints of volcano Yotei, and to filter out the other surrounding homes. Careful orientation and placement of the fenestration ensued.

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In a world inundated with distractions, the house becomes a simple filter: Shut out the clutter and open up focused views on the serene beauty that lies behind: untouched wilderness all the way up to Mt Yotei. – Florian Busch Architects

From the outside, the house has a relatively plain but contemporary aesthetic, expressing the owners desire for simplicity (which in turn leads into an easy-to-maintain home). Large square picture windows, positioned in a regular fashion, puncture the front and back facades.

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The theme of simplicity continues through to the interior. It’s made up of wide open spaces, particularly on the upper floor which is a single open-plan room. The ground floor contains a series of bedrooms and bathrooms (although the exact arrangement is unclear as they’ve left the plans blank).

K House is a place of simplicity, where the natural surroundings become part of the house and in hourly changing nuances remind us of the essence of true luxury. Incidentally, the no-nonsense, frugal interpretation of luxury leads to a concept much closer to the original chalet: a simple cabin for herdsmen in the mountains, shelter.

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Photos © Glen Claydon

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