You might have noticed how the names of some architects or design agencies keep returning on our blog or in our magazine. This is when you know that we are really convinced of their ability to continuously inspire and amaze us. So, when we find out that two of our favourites have joined forces on a unique project, we can’t keep it from our readers.
This private residence in the province of Kanagawa is completely in harmony with its surroundings. Kengo Kuma's design is based on traditional elements from Japanese culture: wood, simple forms and craftsmanship. The complex consists of a main building, a spa, a library, two guesthouses and a teahouse. The different spaces are connected by stone paths, gardens and waterways. The ample use of glass provides a view of the beautiful surrounding nature and hot sulphur springs for which the region is known.
"The architecture is stylishly brought into contact with European luxury and comfort thanks to French design studio Liaigre."
The architecture is stylishly brought into contact with European luxury and comfort thanks to French design studio Liaigre. The whole is elegantly subtle, which Frauke Meyer, creative director of Liaigre, explains as follows: "It's more about what is around us than about the interiors. We tried to be very quiet and still.” The results is minimalistic and built with respect for the environment. Yet we find some remarkable pieces inside, such as the oak Nagoya desk, which was inspired by the well-known pagoda roofs with upturned edges and which is now also included in Liaigre's regular collection. The colour palette consists of natural earth tones, but also black and white. The contrast of the white walls and the black wood is a subtle reference to 'shodo', Japanese calligraphy.
All Images Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Christian Liaigre