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.
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.
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.