Designed by Kazuhide Doi Architects, Stone Terrace is located in Hiroshima, Japan. Rice terraces are machines used to provide and distribute water from the forest to a series of horizontal surfaces. The material and form of this landscape is defined by the artificial system that maximizes the benefits of light, water and wind for agricultural products. The aim of this project is to convert this system for agriculture to new a system for human life.
The architects inserted the main volume of the residence in between the rice terraces, taking care to maintain the continuity of the stonewall shapes. A very simple rectangular, flat interior creates various views according to it’s relation in shape to the surrounding landscape. Rain is allowed to drip along the roof and north wall in the expectation that this will create beautiful moss on the stone walls.
In summer, cool air is taken in from the bottom of the north window and warm air in the interior rises along with the slope of the ceiling, where it is exhausted from the top of the south window. A tilted roof casts a shadow into the interior during summer and maximizes sunlight in winter. In this way, Stone Terrace becomes part of a natural circulatory system of water, air and light.