The Japanese ‘Four Leaves House’ By KIAS

We’ve fallen in love. This might just be the quintessential forest cabin of our dreams, and if you’ve decided to read this article, it’s likely yours too.

Found nestled inconspicuously in the Karuizawa forest just outside of Tokyo, the ‘Four Leaves’ house by KIAS is the ultimate weekend retreat for those seeking an urban detox. The structure is essentially three interlocking volumes topped with a silhouette that resembles a pile of leaves, similar to those that have fallen from the branches of surrounding trees.

Traditional Japanese minimalism reigns throughout, with expansive views of the forest taking the main focus. Explore the property more at the project’s website.

Imagery: Norihito Yamauchi / KIAS