The abundance found in a small house that coexists with nature

At one point, it’s a window that captures light.
At one point, it’s a table that makes your dining table stylish.
At one point, it’s a bed linen that gives you a good feel on your touch.

The expression of the cloth changes drastically depending on the place and purpose of use. We will deliver a view of <14-23> from the lives of various people.


The abundance found in a small house that coexists with nature

A small house standing alone in the lush greenery on the hill leading to the forest. Taking the example of a Finnish summer cottage, “Sanson Terrace” embodies a lifestyle that is close to nature. Mr. Iwashita daigo, who worked on the renovation of the “Tuki yo-no Kaikogoya” that appeared last time, was the first space to create a self-built hut that triggered the operation of the guest house. <14-23>, which shimmers like a dance in a small space, creates a rhythm in the scenery.


Building a hut that started like a game

Mr. Iwashita was born in Saku City, Nagano Prefecture. After graduating from college, he got a job locally. He spent several years working as an office worker. What made him start working on creating spaces, even though he had no experience in architecture before?

“When I was in my twenties, I started building a hut with my high school friends, saying,” It’s the 10th anniversary of my encounter, so let’s do something special. ” An old magazine called “Log House Magazine” that my dad had. I Refer to only one. The original plan was to complete it during 1Week and have a banquet on the final day. It doesn’t work that well. I maked of was a just messy foundation (laughs). ”

After that, until the end of summer, it managed to get rid of the rain and wind, but by the time the north wind blew, the enthusiasm was completely lost and the hut building was suspended. After a while, when I was forgetting about its existence, Mr. Iwashita went on a solo trip to Finland, which he had planned for a long time. He quit the company he worked for, had nothing to aim for, and how will he live in the countryside? It was also a trip to find hints for such future life.


Summer landscape in Finland

“In Finland, which I visited in the summer, everyone spent weekends in summer cottages in the countryside. The meaning of cottages is a little different from that of Japanese villas, and it feels wilder. In many places, there was no electricity or water, I used the water stored in a plastic tank and lived a life like lighting a candle at night. It was built near a river or lake. The cottage is small but always has a sauna. The owner of my place also enjoyed the sauna while renovating the old house and lived quietly with nature. I don`t have experienced it so far. It was a comfortable time, never before. ”

In an almost self-sufficient life, Mr. Iwashita suddenly remembers the existence of that hut. I wondered if I could spend it comfortably without electricity and Water services. For the first time, the image of “living in a small space created in the forest” came to my mind when I visited Finland.

“Actually, even when I was building a hut, I had the feeling that this was the” thing I could only do in the countryside “that I was looking for. But even if it is nearing completion, what kind of time can I spend there? I couldn’t see it at all. I happened to visit a Finnish cottage, and when I saw people enjoying the summer, I finally got the image of the inside as well as the outside of the box.”

After returning to Japan, Mr. Iwashita devoted himself to building a hut again to recreate the memory of Finland. The completed hut will be used as its own home, and living in the woods will begin. Electricity is generated by solar power, and instead of tap water, a lot of water is drawn. As a result, the minimum required space becomes a place where you can experience “off-the-grid living”, and you can use it as a community space in the area, or you can rent it out to visitors from overseas after registering with “Airbnb”. It has increased. Mr. Iwashita came to call this place “Sanson Terrace”.


Bringing rich nature into the house

Inside the hut in the woods, there is a simple kitchen, a dining table, a sofa, a stove, a desk by the window, and a futon in the loft like the attic. It’s a small space, but it’s comfortable.

If you put a transparent cloth on one floor without partitions, you can create a compact space and feel a mysterious space. The cloth “KOMOREBI” used for the lamp shade is a print of photo of comfortable trees and leaves. Bringing nature into the room, the calm greenery also links to the view outside the window.

“Re.nen” is a durable and supple 100% linen made by recycling , with the door leading to the terrace fully open and hanging at the boundary connecting the outside and the inside. The fluffy swaying seems to be dancing with the wind.

“Natural linen was a harder and more stiff image, but I was surprised when I touched it. It’s such a soft thing. It’s like a cloth that I’ve been used to, and it’s also familiar with faded floors and walls, just like there from the beginning. It’s a natural scene as if it were there. It seems to be easy to use not only for curtains but also for partitions and tablecloths. “, Mr. Iwashita, who was not so familiar with cloth, is also interested in its versatility.


From your own life to someone’s life

“Most of the customers before the Pandemic are from overseas. Unlike Japan, the vacation is long, so it is better to choose this place so that you can rest your tired body after visiting sightseeing spots such as Tokyo and Kyoto. It seems that there are many. After buying a lot of ingredients at a nearby supermarket, I spend a few days slowly in the hut while drinking alcohol. ”

While pursuing the ideal country life, I unexpectedly started to create a space. From 2014, Mr. Iwashita will move his residence to another place and officially start operating “Sanson Terrace” as a guest house. Currently, as the owner who manages the four spaces, he has built a space that connects people and nature, and inherits the society and culture rooted in the land with a new perspective.

“Creating a space, but in the end, I’m just creating a place where I want to live. Who and what kind of time do I want to spend there? In the end, it’s not for someone, but for myself.”

A small house standing alone in the lush greenery on the hill leading to the forest. The cloth that reflects the sunlight through the trees shimmers, and you can brew hot coffee just for yourself. Would you like to read a book until the sun goes down? Quiet time is just flowing there.


place / Sanson Terrace
edit & write / Arisa Kitamura

photo / Yukihiro Shinohara
The abundance found in a small house that coexists with nature

14-23 Re.nen (WT/MNT)

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The abundance found in a small house that coexists with nature

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The abundance found in a small house that coexists with nature


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The abundance found in a small house that coexists with nature


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