Forest Estate captures the romance of a mountain retreat in a unique forest setting in the heart of Hirafu Village. Nestled amongst native trees, each individually designed luxury residence is customized to provide breathtaking views of Mt. Yotei from spacious interior living areas. Elegant, modern buildings clad in natural wood in a landscape of trees and native gardens form an exclusive and protected private estate community.

Project Type: Residential

Completion: June - Novermber, 2008

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Forest Estate captures the romance of a mountain retreat in a unique forest setting in the heart of Hirafu Village.  Nestled amongst native trees, each individually designed luxury residence is customized to provide breathtaking views of Mt. Yotei from spacious interior living areas. Elegant, modern buildings clad in natural wood in a landscape of trees and native gardens form an exclusive and protected private estate community.

The contemporary alpine architecture of each home owes its form to a number of the sites’ unique characteristics, including panoramic views of the majestic Mt. Yotei, one of the most beautiful extinct volcanoes in Japan. These dramatic views are enjoyed under the sweeping roofs of each residence, and the homes are designed to nestle into the hillside so as to provide an abundance of light and garden views to all levels. Extensive replanting of trees native to the Hirafu area is the central landscape concept, which recaptures the forest character and provides shading and privacy to each home.

The dark, solid cedar siding pays homage to local Japanese tradition of torching the surface of wood to improve its resistance and durability. This strong, indigenous character is enhanced with contrasting white window frames and whitewashed balcony and porch walls, to add an element of playfulness to the architectural composition.

Natural materials are used extensively inside and out, with rich, dark colors evoking a sense of warmth and comfort consistent with the ideal of a mountain chalet. Open-plan Living and dining areas have high, raked ceilings, a fireplace and picture windows with outstanding views. Custom designed, hand-crafted furniture with high quality fabrics and leather add to the rich, cozy warmth of the living and sleeping rooms.

Open stairwells give drama and a strong sense of connection between the levels. Bathrooms have spacious wet areas with large shower stalls and Japanese baths that allow therapeutic plunges in deep, hot water.

High quality fixtures and equipment are used throughout each residence, with gas and kerosene tanks and boilers hidden from view. Heating is provided by a discrete, safe and non-allergenic radiator system which optimizes energy efficiency and comfort. Each residence has an air-lock and ski equipment locker room, and generous storage spaces are provided for both daily and long-term owner use.

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Niseko, Hokkaido

Forest Estate