Luxurious, modern villa with underground entrance and landscaping


TypeCustom home
ServiceProject Management
AreaHigashiyama, Niseko town
DesignerHAI (Hikokonishi Architecture Inc.)
(architectural design)
EDA - Landscaping design
  • BF + 2F
  • 1,245 m²
  • 279 m²
  • 2
  • 2
  • 1
  • 4


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.

Main Features

  • 6
  • 1
  • 4 min to the Annupuri ski hills by car
  • Quiet location in the outskirts of Higashiyama
  • Natural waterfall
  • Natural creek crossing the site
  • Long lasting concrete structure
  • High efficacy exterior insulation
  • Low emissivity double glazing
  • Environmental friendly soft & stone wall landscaping
  • Local rocks' retaining walls
  • Smart thermostat
  • Low consumption LED lights
  • Japanese style tiled bath tub
  • Open steel stair with bridge corridor
  • 2.6 m high ceiling
  • Underground shed
  • Dry room
  • Laundry with separate washer & dryer
  • Exterior lava rock gas fire pit
  • Powder room

Other Features

  • Concrete & stainless steel finish kitchen
  • Western size Miele dishwasher
  • Commercial grade stainless steel oven & hobs
  • Double door stainless steel Liebherr refrigerator
  • Ceiling hung kitchen rack
  • Monumental custom designed steel fireplace
  • Fireplace log storage
  • Floor to ceiling large pivot entry door
  • Bang & Olufsen home theatre
  • Electric blinds
  • Heated driveway
  • Underfloor heating throughout the house
  • Electric towel warmers
  • Concealed A/C throughout the house
  • Designer lighting fixtures
  • Exterior lighting
  • Wi-fi throughout the property
  • Auto-lock keypad entry
  • Flat roof
  • Exterior & interior wall off-form concrete finish
  • Building name carved in concrete
  • Sulfuric acid galvanized steel entry & garage doors
  • Copper covered riveted barn doors
  • 190 wide black walnut engineering timber flooring
  • Sapporo soft rock stepping stones
  • 2 story high windows
  • Artist artworks
  • Natural cedar exterior cladding
  • Up to 2 story high roll screens


  • “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.”

    Masaki Takahashi
    CEO, e/d,A
  • “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.”

    Masaki Takahashi
    CEO, e/d,A

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