Architect Makoto Yamaguchi was born in Japan in 1972. Before establishing Makoto Yamaguchi Design in 2007, he was working as a freelance architect, while finishing his Master’s degree at Tokyo University of the Arts.
With a base in Tokyo, the architectural studio works on a wide variety of projects from planning to realizing and implementing the programs. Services like consulting, engineering, project management and interior design are managed by Makoto Yamaguchi Design. Presented project is a beautiful edifice, functioning as a contemporary gallery mainly for sculptures and a villa for two musicians.
Situated in Karuizawa, Japan, the base of this one story building is made out of wood-frame construction and a reinforced concrete shell foundation. In order to create a blank space to fill the functions of a gallery, but maintain the role of a social living space, the kitchen and the bathroom was built into the floor as a practical solution. The building features polished stainless steel materials and huge glass windows, which let the light shine through the whole construction without any barriers to break it, while the steel beautifully reflects it, creating an even brighter space. The surrounding scenery provides the views of the mountains, meanwhile the green forest perfectly refreshes the mind and at the same time gives the opportunity to get inspired and take in the nature in form of a long walk around the house.