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The quaint pitched roof often fails to impress contemporary architecture lovers, but these types will not be disappointed by the formal drama of the Hironaka House in Tokyo, Japan. Topped by neither a flat cap nor one with any vague symmetry or aesthetic simplicity, this dynamic dwelling projects from its residential site like a quartz tip from surrounding rock.

Ken Yokogawa Architect & Associates opened parts of the first floor up to vast rectangular windowing with generous views of the garden, but a much more abstract approach consumes the great majority of the building. Triangular tectonic faces produce compelling geoform cladding that causes the second floor to swell like an extruded attic. The Hironaka House is further accented by irregularly shaped skylights amidst the slate tiles and some surprisingly unusual spaces inside.