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AZAMINO HOUSE

House built on a hill with great view. Ceiling would come to the surface at night with light.

In order to give residents the best possible views, secure privacy from the road in front of the lot, and put the tiered lot to best use, the main living spaces in this home are located on the second floor. Looking up from the road, the second story ceiling is visible through the large front window and becomes an important element of the façade. The roof is assembled from closely-packed beams, chosen both to add enough strength to the wood frame so the large windows would not pose a structural problem, and to enhance the design of the ceiling. The beams themselves become the surface of the second floor ceiling, creating a rich space imbued with a sense of the heaviness of wood.