Cell Space Architects

photo ©Shinkenchiku-sha

Folding Screen House

Enjoy the view in three dimensions.

The site is on a steep north slope adjacent to a national forest with the property opening up to Mount Asama and its ridges and forest via a deep valley. There are no man-made structures in front of the site.

We stacked fan-shaped planes of varying levels from north to south to create a three-dimensional landscape that spreads out like a folding screen with a small centripetal area that leads up the slope.

Japanese folding screens are designed to be viewed in a folded form and folding them gives the two-dimensional picture a three-dimensional effect. When you change your perspective, the picture changes.
Through the glass screen that is folded into multiple angles, the viewer is able to experience a three-dimensional effect and enjoy the landscape with the sensation of being intimately present in the landscape.


  • Location


  • Type


  • Structure

    Timber frame and reinforced concrete, 2 stories

  • Site Area


  • Design Period

    Dec.2016 - Sept.2018

  • Construction Period

    Sept.2018 - July.2020