Cell Space Architects

Villa Kaleidoscope

This was planned as a weekend house located on sloping land from where Mount Asama can clearly be seen and is in complete contrast to the client’s city house. A specific request was “to be surrounded by trees and enjoy the vacation time”. The plane is a double overlapping distorted hexagon. Mirrors and glasses attached to walls aligned at 120 degree angles reflect the outside scenery to multiple locations. “Cell Space made it possible to see the scenery that I love by looking at the interior of the building. When you move around the house the reflected scenery appears and disappears. The inside of the building surrounded by real and virtual image trees gives a sensation of looking into a kaleidoscope. It amplifies the enjoyment of beautiful scenery throughout every season”.


  • Location

    KaruizawaNagano Prefecture

  • Type


  • Structure

    Timber frame and reinforced concrete, 2 stories

  • Site Area


  • Design Period

    September 2004 - March 2005

  • Construction Period

    April 2005- November 2005