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Makoto Yamaguchi's Lustrous Villa and Art Gallery Sits in a Scenic Forest

 - Mar 11, 2014
References: & designboom
Japanese architect Makoto Yamaguchi dreamed up this villa design for a client who wanted to be able to host art shows and intimate musical performances in the peaceful Japanese woods.

The elegant villa -- with its bright white interiors, track lights and modernist architectural leanings -- looks like it should be situated on a street in the design district of a major European or North American city. Instead, it sits on a foggy hill in a forest near Karuizawa, a popular destination for vacationers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.

The choice of location for this modern villa design is awkward yet oddly appealing, which adds to its allure.

The villa's interior spaces are designed to be adaptable and to function as galleries and entertaining spaces. From every room and space in the villa, there is a spectacular view of the mystical Japanese landscape. Photo Credits: designboom,