ituated in the tranquil back road between Higashiyama and Annupuri in Niseko, this property is truly unique and unmistakable. In collaboration with the creative owners, the local architect and landscape designer managed to integrate opposing design features and finishes into a remarkable contemporary style.
The waterfall in front of the property, from which its name comes (“Taki” in Japanese), and the local stone retaining walls blend the architecture within the naturally running creek of the site and the surrounding silver birch forest. The landscaping also highlights the architectural design throughout the year with evergreen trees, sakura trees, maple trees and exterior lighting. The upper floors isolated from the underground entrance and the landscaping also makes the property Bond-esque, especially in winter.
The interiors imitates the contrast of the exterior (concrete/glazing versus landscaping/nature) with a combination of warm/cold and rough/slick finishes: the black walnut floor and slick white painted ceiling are in stark contrast with the roughness of the off-form concrete finish of the walls and kitchen and the matte black of the paint of the open stair, bridge and monumental custom made log fireplace.
The upper floors are centered around a two-story great room and are bathed in plentiful natural light thanks to large timber windows placed in each cardinal direction.
Comfort is not lost in this villa either; it boasts an outdoor gas fire pit, a Bang & Olufsen home theatre, underfloor heating and air conditioning throughout the property, double door stainless steel Liebherr refrigerator and a large gas commercial grade oven.
“The TAKI project is an architecturally integrated landscape design that took more than three years of
discussions from the schematic design stage. From the early stage of the architectural design, he has
been a clear conduit to connect us with the landscape essence from the client’s desired architectural
design. I feel he has a great personality as a project manager.”
“Franck gave us the opportunity to design a unique and highly recognizable landscaping for a project in Niseko,
which has become our most famous project and led to many opportunities.
This would not have been possible without the client’s vision and Franck’s involvement.
For the benefit of future clients, we look forward to working with ABD Architecture.”