The Orchards -
Gate House

Simple single story club house building in the Orchards community


TypeBuilding development
Commercial building
ServiceArchitectural Design
Project Management
UseCommercial & Office
(Office, event space, lounge/ show room, gym)
AreaKabayama, Kutchan town, Niseko
  • 1F
  • 1,490 m²
  • 273 m²


The Orchards land development is a chalet community situated in the farmland area of Kabayama, only 6 minutes away from Hirafu. The flat land provides each property unobstructed views of Mt Yotei on one side and of Grand Hirafu ski hills on the other side.

All homes in this development are designed with a North American chalet architectural style with cross gable roofs, natural cedar cladding and cultured stone exterior walls, as well as fully glazed V-shape bays on each side of the homes.

Situated at the entry of the community, this building, which includes a show room, event space and gym, sets the architectural tone of the development while being discreet with its single story horizontal lines.

This humble building was the first that Franck Giral designed that got built.

Main Features

  • 6 min to the ski hills by car
  • Quiet community of The Orchards
  • Grand Hirafu ski hills view
  • Sustainable timber structure
  • Soft landscaping
  • Low consumption LED lights
  • 86 m² event space
  • Show room/ Lounge
  • Central custom made log fireplace
  • Gym
  • Covered deck
  • High slanted ceiling
  • Kitchen
  • North American style chalet architecture
  • Single slope roof
  • Exterior wall natural cedar cladding
  • Cultured stone foundations