Meandering through a lush Silver Birch forest, Hirafu Escarpment is a private estate that nestles premium quality, architect designed residences against a picturesque hillside with outstanding views of Mt. Yotei, rice paddies and the jagged range of the Niseko Mountains. The central spine of the estate is a paved and heated avenue that begins at a stone bridge over a mountain stream. Flanked by nature preserves, this elegant entrance is further emphasized by contemporary totem sculptures designed by the estate architect, and carved by local craftsmen.

Project Type: Residential

Completion: June - October, 2008

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Meandering through a lush Silver Birch forest, Hirafu Escarpment is a private estate that nestles premium quality, architect designed residences against a picturesque hillside with outstanding views of Mt. Yotei, rice paddies and the jagged range of the Niseko Mountains. The central spine of the estate is a paved and heated avenue that begins at a stone bridge over a mountain stream. Flanked by nature preserves, this elegant entrance is further emphasized by contemporary totem sculptures designed by the estate architect, and carved by local craftsmen.

The avenue winds its way along the hillside, past nature reserves, always curving along the natural contours of the hillside, minimizing disturbance to the slope and ensuring a mix of views of forest, architecturally designed residences and verdant landscape beyond.  At the terminus of this leafy, canopied country lane, within earshot of the raging Shiribetsu River, is a heated piazza; a community gathering space lined with rock walls and stone benches, where kids can play and residents can access the softly illuminated stair that connects with Hirafu Village and its numerous amenities above.

Home sites are separated by buffers of forest landscape, and the abundant natural vegetation has been cultivated to provide privacy and separation but also view corridors and light. Power lines and utilities are all underground to preserve the exclusive character of the estate. Illumination at night is subdued, in keeping with the forest setting. Both uphill sites and downhill lots are easily accessed by car, and more than large enough for spacious homes with up to three levels of accommodation surrounded by trees and gardens.

Hirafu Escarpment is an architecturally designed and master-planned resort community that inspires a sense of belonging, and where nature and the unspoiled character of Hirafu’s forested landscape prevails.

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Hirafu, Hokkaido

The Escarpment Model Residences