While daylight studies are becoming increasingly popular in the design of architecture, moonlight plays the protagonist in Forest in the Space, a sprawling residence in Japan’s Niigata Prefecture. Designed by Hiroyuki Arima + Urban Fourth, the home’s forms, slanted roofs, and building façade were all dictated by the lunar cycle and sight lines that enable the residents to enjoy the full presence of the satellite from within the home’s stark white and minimalistic interiors. The network of spaces are linked through narrow hallways that open up into larger spaces and viewfinders, both achieved through strategically placed windows as well as calculated curves cut into the overhangs. Just as there is method to the madness, there is also poignancy in the inspiration as the waxing and waning moon honors Japan’s rural culture and seasonal festivals.

Photos © Noriyuki Yano