The S-House – designed by architect Shizuo Yamamoto – is an ideal house for those who want to live the simple life. Located in Hamamatsu City, Japan, the architectural wood frame construction of S-House is atypical to the accustomed use of exposed concrete seen in so many Japanese structures. Yamamoto’s focus on natural elements is almost as important as his approach to improve through subtraction. The architecture, in its detail and articulation, has been condensed to its absolute essentials. I love the transparency of the interior. The opening in the upper-floor not only increases exposure of natural lighting, but also allows for a complete view of the lower level. The S-House is an exceptional example of harmony and balance. Photography by Hiroshi Ueda.