Shouya Grigg's Hanazono House
ISOLATION and space. They're fast becoming the hallmarks of prestige in an ever-cluttered world. Coupled with a mindfully unique and artistic home design, space is what Hanazono House possesses in wealth.
Owner Shouya Grigg searched a long time until he located the perfect piece of land on which to place his opulent masterpiece.
In spite of a secluded location, 'the perfect property' is still only a snowball's throw from the Niseko ski resorts.
The world outside – no matter the season – is viewed from the artfully designed residence like an evolving painting on a wall.
Windows act as picture frames here. “I don't look outside in winter and see cold, wind and snow – as an artist I see pictures,” says Grigg, a creative photographer and graphic designer.
“This house gives me a lot of inspiration for the work I do – the way the snow comes down, the way it blows through the trees, the way it sticks to the windows, and the way it drifts. Here, it's like living in an art gallery.”
Mt Yotei is ever present, commanding and sometimes appearing so close it could well be a part of the sprawling 15,000 tsubo (5ha) property.
With the only sign of life being Kutchan town's houses just speckled thumbnails in the distance, Hanazono House is in a land of its own.