In 1946, the find of a wooly mammoth tusk at Lake Nojiri-ko in Japan electrified the world. Flash forward to modern day, and the Lakeside Cottage built by Sugawaradaisuke architects has the same potential.
Lake Nojiri is an ancient glacial lake that has ties to the Paleolithic era. Archeologists have analyzed diatoms, pollen, paleomagnetism, and volcanic ash from the site and have found remnants of humans and megafauna. All the gathered information has let scientists to call the area a “kill-butchering site.” This discovery was all thanks to the accidental discovery of a wooly mammoth tusk.
The Lakeside Cottage is just as exciting. Divided into five distinct layers, the house has a plethora of different views and outlooks. Large windows open up to allow light in. From those same windows, you can see the nearby lake, which could be either have frozen in the winter, or sparkling in the summer sun. Each year, residents set off a dazzling display of fireworks for the Lake Nojiri hanabi festival in July, and the cottage is perfectly situated to enjoy the show. The house is set up to help occupants not only connect with the beauty around them, but also with each other.