Positioned in the idyllic Hokkaido, the YEZO is a holiday retreat nestled in Japan's breathtaking northern mountain range. The small retreat uses dramatic landscape and an experimental design approach to design a sanctuary in nature. Designed by Japanese architecture studio LEAD, the YEZO's entire shape is created using both aesthetics and algorithms. The innovative and sustainable project is also a winner of the Golden Pin Design Award for the year 2020. Read more about this tiny yet attention-grabbing house at SURFACES REPORTER (SR):
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A Sustainable Approach
The design of the project complies with ecological standards. The uniquely curved wooden roof shell structure is constructed from glue-laminated (GluLam) timber beams suspended from a central concrete chimney and covered with locally sourced black slate.
This approach helps to make the interiors spacious and minimizes the environmental impact of the project and reduces manufacturing cost and delivery time. GluLam timber is a structurally engineered wood product that lowers the dependability on less-sustainable old solid-sawn timber.
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Kristof and Julien, the designers behind the award-winning retreat, say, “ YEZO’s curved GluLam beams are carefully shaped to operate in pure tension throughout, resulting in weight and material reductions of 90% compared to straight beams.”
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It is a tiny house but undoubtedly a place that tourists can enjoy and cherish good moments amidst the beautiful setting defined by stone, water, wood, and natural light whilst surrounded by spell-binding natural beauty.
Designers: Kristof Crolla& Julien Klisz
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