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Sekiya Masato of Planet Creations’ latest work is Lifted House IV, a private residence in Hyogo Japan.

The uniqueness of the original site, which was sloped like a horse’s back and surrounded by hills, became the guiding force for the completed design.  Emphasis was placed on relationship-building; namely, the dynamic relationship between the land, which appears to close in on you as you approach the site, and the structure itself.

On the ground level is a private study, a guest room and a cloakroom. On the 1st floor is the bedroom, living/dining room, kitchen and bathroom.

I really like how the garage, which connects to the home via outdoor walkway, adds to the presence of the structure. It’s almost a bit intimidating.