BAUM designs a house for a couple with their two kids in Sanmandani-cho, a quiet valley surrounded by the forest in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. The challenge was to ensure privacy and to deal with the relation of local residents that is unique to this area. The proposal outlines therefore a strong connection between the warmth of the inner space and the exterior natural landscape through a concrete space called “doma”. Interior volume reveals the simplicity of the house, scaled for intimate family gatherings. The aim is to create a shelter where family can experience the unique relation between the natural environment and the warmth of the interior. Cozy but ample, bright and airy. Due to the tiny size of the plot, the living room is placed on the second floor. In order to make the kitchen and the living room as close as possible, the height of the first floor was set low. The ceiling intentionally shows the wooden texture to match the gentle atmosphere required by the owner.