Cafe Aura is located in the mountainous town of Karuizawa, a place famous for more reasons than one—a summer get-away destination for Tokyo dwellers, a spot John Lennon and Yoko Ono admired and repeatedly visited, and to date is the only city in the world that has hosted both summer and winter Olympic events.
When award-winning Japanese architect Takato Tamagami took on the project in 2010, his clients had three main requests: for the surrounding scenery to be incorporated into the design (to get the full effect of the dramatic views). create a garden where guests could enjoy outdoor events, and lastly, design a perfect retreat for peace and rest. Undoubtedly, Tamagami and his team managed to fulfill all three wishes. For more information, visit Cafe Aura.
Photography by Masaya Yoshimura.
Above: The patio area offers a stunning view over the valley.
Above: On sunny days, guests can enjoy panoramas of the Japanese Southern Alps and the Yatsugatake Mountains.
Above: The view from the large windows makes you feel part of the surrounding nature.
Above: The beams supporting the roof and structure are integrated into the walls.
Above: The cantilevered structure stands on the top of a steep hill.
Above: A view from the elevated outdoor terrace.
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