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Six slabs of wafer-thin concrete form the floors and walls of this house by Kubota Architect Atelier (KAA)

From the architect. Space for freedom and liberating minds: all architecture exists for that. It sits near the peak of a mountain where picturesque residences blend into nature from long ago. The sloped site, which was cut through the mountain, spins a supreme world of trees and greenery spreading nearby, endlessly extending blue sky, refreshing wind that quivers the surrounding and filled with bright light.

Kubota Architect Atelier tapered the edges of the exposed concrete slabs to exaggerate their thinness. Grassy mounds flank the house to help integrate the sharp lines into the natural setting. "Each space is different in relation to nature, furthermore, the boundary between nature and architecture, that is the edge of the slabs and the walls that define space, are scraped off." "As one side is bare concrete and the other side is all painted in white, materiality and massiveness is lost".