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Modern Japanese house has a climbable roof

Designed to mimic the surrounding mountains

Two people standing on sloping roof Photo by Toshiyuki Yano via Designboom

The seaside Japanese town of Usuki City is home to a stunning landscape dotted by gently rolling hills. At a glance, this house from Kenta Eto Architects appears to blend in perfectly with its surroundings. The architects designed the house with a 24-degree slope that allows its owners to climb up the roof directly from the ground.

Living room looking out onto courtyard Photo by Toshiyuki Yano via Designboom

The two-bedroom home is shaped like a door stop, which creates the slanted stadium seating outside and moments of angular coziness inside. The ground floor is home to the master bedroom, bathroom, and an airy, timber-beam living room that bleeds into the kitchen. Upstairs, there’s a children’s bedroom and a bonus room that has a skylight and portal that looks out onto the surrounding hills.

Kitchen and living room with slanted wood beam ceiling Photo by Toshiyuki Yano via Designboom

The main window in the living room slides to open to a small patch of grass in what might be best described as a courtyard. But the best view still comes from hopping the courtyard’s walls and climbing up, where the roof becomes an architectural observation deck.

Sloping roof with courtyard Photo by Toshiyuki Yano via Designboom

Via: Designboom