Inspired by Himeji Castle, visible in the distance from its upper floors, the Himeji Observatory House in Japan stands tall and imposing, with a heavy visual presence, particularly at the street level. Designed by Kino Architects, the home uses concrete extensively, with exposed patterns from formwork defining the front elevation. On the uppermost level of the home, the concrete gives way to white walls and soaring expanses of glass which take advantage of the aforementioned views of the castle. Much like the turrets on the nearby castle, the home has terraces recessed into the concrete structure of its upper levels, expanding the interior space and providing a vantage point for residents. Interior furnishings are limited to a sparse selection of modern and traditional vintage pieces, mirroring the amalgamation of old and new references on the outside of the home.
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