Text: Anna Bełezina, photos: press release
20 April 2019
Sometimes each of us feel the need to slow down and relax. For all those seeking an oasis in which there is no place for rush and urban chaos, we have a simple solution. Setsumasa Kobayashi, the Japanese designer of clothing and climbing equipment, inspired by his passion for the mountain climbing, has created the "Mountain Cottage".
In the beginning of 2000, Setsumasa Kobayashi took part in Phish Festival in Limestone, where about 60 000 participants were living in one spot of a campground. This fascinating experience of living in a natural setting inspired him to create a place to live close to nature. His friend and architect Shin Ohori helped him to create it.
In this way, an exceptional cottage- "Mountain Cottage" was created; it is located in Ogawayama forest in Japan. Ogawayama is an area lying between Yamanashi and Nagano. It is one of the most popular climbing areas in Japan. The cottage was built between high trees. It is made of very durable panels made from dark wood. A route from the front door leads to the place prepared for a campfire. The inner space of this forest oasis has among other things, a fully equipped kitchen, a bedroom and two bathrooms - one inside the cottage, the other one - on the roof. The second one allows you to enjoy, during the bath, not only the mountain views, but also clean air, because the bathroom is located ... in the open air! The bathroom on the ground floor, however, has been designed in such a way that it can be opened to the terrace so you can have a bath and at the same time enjoy the nature surrounding the cottage.
One of the internal walls of the building is a boulder climbing wall, facilitating exercises before facing real, high mountains. At the wall there is a mattress and a lot of professional equipment, useful for mountain climbing. The most unique and breathtaking place in the building seems to be a geometric, glass dome, mounted on the roof. Just below it, there is a bedroom that allows sleeping "under the stars" literally.
The designer of this highland hideout "Mountain Cottage", focused on simplicity, minimalism, and at the same time - modern design and functionality.