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Traditional Japanese Elements Meet Modern Design At The Cocoon House

Trying to build a traditional and tranquil home in a modern city can be a challenging task. A classic Japanese home is often the best way to get around this problem. Bringing together the tried and tested design essentials of Japanese architecture and an elegant modern style, the gorgeous Cocoon House in Shiojiri, Nagano is a perfect example of the best of both worlds. Crafted with care by Studio Aula, every element in the home reflects serenity, simplicity and inherent care for the globally loved Japanese way of life.

Stylish ceiling with a grid of wooden beams

The owners of the house include a family in their fifties with a couple of kids, as well as their mother, who wanted a house with the aura of a timeless Japanese design. The interior is clad largely in Japanese cypress that has been brought from the family’s farm in the forest near Kiso. The idea was to design a home whose aura was as close as possible to the homeowners’ previous farm house clad in wood, paper and concrete. Criss-crossing wooden beams make up the most prominent feature of the home and allow natural ventilation to make its way through to the top level.

Beautiful pendant light in white stands out visually

Globe pendant in white above the wooden dining table

Decorating with a Piano

A closer look at the defining feature of the house - Wooden grid ceiling

Modern kitchen with a wooden serving area

Open interiors of the Japanese home with ample natural light

Minimal and understated, the decor is also kept as simple as possible with large pendants and paper lanterns stealing the show. While the first floor houses the private spaces, the lower level holds an open-plan living area, along with a smart bedroom that leads to the revamped garden. With sliding glass doors, translucent panels and shoji screens, the switch between privacy and open, flowing interiors is seamless indeed.

Japanese paper lantern style lighting for the corridor

Minimal interiors in white with wooden floors

Ventilation to the second floor comes from the wooden grid below

Sliding door allows to switch between privacy and ample views

We have also done the makeover of the garden. The old one was conventionally symbolic with chunks of stone work allegedly representing a ship on the sea. But we redefined it to satisfy the quality of life converting the steppingstones into a pathway.

Lovely garden connected visually with the indoors

Front facade of the Cocoon House in Japan

Cocoon House at dusk

Private entrance to the house

View of the small garden outside at night

Sherry Nothingam
Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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