Architect Hiroki Tominaga's latest home features a zigzaging roof that prevents snow from building up. In areas that are prone to heavy snowfall, a roof can easily be damaged by the elements. This homes features a unique design that accommodates the snowy environment.
The home is located near Mount Fuji, which is an area that receives a great deal of snow. In order to accommodate the changing seasons, Tominaga designed an angular roof that prevents snow from building up. The zigzaging roof features a number of peaks and troughs, which help to direct snow downward and away from the entrances. The jagged profile is inspired by karahafu gables, which is a type of roofing usually applied to shines and temples in Japan.
While the jagged roof may seem unusual, the design perfectly complements the mountainous landscape that surrounds the home.