L House in Powderlife
From the article:
*The owner […] remembers lying on the cool concrete balcony of his childhood home in Malaysia, gazing up at the night sky or at clouds during the day. A world away from the humidity of Southeast Asia, concrete again provides him with respite from the elements in southern Hokkaido.
“My childhood experience probably provided a subconscious inclination towards concrete as a building material,” he says. “To me, nature is both beauty and beast. I want to be close to nature, yet protected from it. Hokkaido’s winter is hauntingly beautiful but it’s also a really harsh environment. Concrete is a strong material signifying strength, akin to primitive man staying in a cave. I feel protected living inside a concrete house while enjoying the beauty of the nature on the outside.”