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Perched right where the top of a hill meets the start of the reclining gradient, the ‘House in Hyogo’ is a open, maze-filled house that uses stairs, slopes and large monolithic volumes of space.
The house, which was designed by Japanese firm Shogo Aratani Architect and Associates, has a large barrier that follows the groove of the hill that looks like a gated rampart on the west side of the house. Inside, the large gray concrete structure is characterized by a layered, open space concept, with each level requiring a set of stairs or a slope to reach. The steps and slopes meander up from the entrance all the way up to the ceiling, giving the house a cascading feel. The lowest portion of house holds the entrance and guest room, while the middle hosts the living and dining space, with the highest levels hosting the main bedrooms.