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Last updated on August 4th, 2013

Located in Ikoma City just 30min outside of Osaka is this house which is the home for a small family with two kids. The stilts are necessary to compensate the angle of the hill the house is build on but also allows for a safe, sheltered playground and contains the entrance porch. Just imagine lying in the hammock while it’s raining rains cats and dogs just a couple meters beneath you.

“The site had been divided into two levels with a retaining wall, and vehicle access was to the lower level only. We removed the wall, connecting the two levels with a gentle slope, and floated the house above it,” says Osaka-based architectual firm ninkipen! (the exclamation point is part of the name).

Directly under the ceiling is an attic like bedroom which is still part of the big living space but at the same time a private revuge for cozy nights to come.

All images © Hiroki Kawata | Via: dezeen

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