Symbiotic house’ by r.e.a.d. & architects is a minimal residential villa in the area of ​​minami-karuizawa, in nagano, japan, designed for a couple’s new life after retirement.

located on a long site area, the project comprises two buildings, one for the owners and one for guests, topped with two sloping concrete roofs that harmonize with the surrounding mountains. the two buildings are connected via corridor, while all living spaces are surrounded by a rich landscape of seasonal gardens, which are visible from the large windows of the rooms.

‘what is a life after retirement in “the 100-year life”?,’ asks r.e.a.d. & architects. ‘taking inspiration from the ancient japanese way of life of “symbiosis,” we thought of a house that snuggles up to the couple’s life.’ located on a corner site surrounded by fir trees with a view of mount asama, the project makes use of the surrounding environment unique to karuizawa.

its two buildings are arranged along the elongated site shape: the ‘main building’, where the couple lives; and the ‘guest wing’, where guests are invited to stay when they visit. a corridor clad in floor-to-ceiling glass connects the two buildings while offering views of the seasonal gardens that surround the property.