How can the best of traditional and modern design and technology be combined to create a carbon neutral home? In the mountains above Kyoto, Japan, one man, (with the help of his friends, family and neighbours), sets out on an intrepid journey to design and build a truly sustainable eco-home. Follow me as I encounter the challenges and solutions that the house and its mountain forest environment present.
These two massive beams presented quite the challenge for me, Sugie, Murase and Tsuge. Weighing in in the hundreds of kilos, somehow four men managed to get them on this truck from their home in Kyoto. The 200 year old timbers will find a home at the top of my entry gateway, spending their last decades in full view of visitors and passers by.