Interior Rendering of Griffin House Living Space

June 22, 2022 Sean T Ellis

Interior Rendering of Griffin House Living Space

A Ski Villa in Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

Griifin House Interior Rendering in the Snow

Griffin House – Niseko | STE-AD

The view from the bridge, looking toward the main living space and dining room on L1, where you have open views of Mount Yotei in the distance.


The interior space consists of high ceilings articulated with folding planes, clad in timber. To the left is a large balcony to sit and enjoy the scenic nature of the wood site location. To the right lies the master bedroom and staircase down to the main entrance foyer.


The concept design of Griffin House in Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan, consists of vertical walls with an open-air Robinia Timber rain screen. The inclined vertical walls that form the entrance on the ground floor and the balcony on the first floor are clad with a solid, or butt jointed, Shou Sugi Ban timber.


Vacant Site Photo In Niseko, Japan

Site Photo


3D Perspective plans are used to inform the design process. It is a quick way to understand not only the floor plans but the spatial implications of what is drawn in 2D.

3D Perspective Plan of Griffin House in Niseko

L0 – 3D Perspective Plan

3D Perspective Plan of Griffin House in Niseko, Japan

L1 – 3D Perspective Plan



The floor plan for Griffin House was inherited and revised slightly to achieve
certain requirements for the functionality of the layout. Given these constraints
STE-AD proposed a concept of folded planes, similar to origami, to achieve
the desired aesthetic.







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Sean T Ellis

Sean is an Architect registered in New York State, USA, and a member of the American Institute of Architects since 2013. Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, has lived and worked in Kentucky, New York City, and currently Hong Kong. He has previous experience at several international design architecture firms including Studio Libeskind and UNStudio. Sean has a wide range of experience working on high-profile commercial, residential and cultural projects throughout Asia, Europe, and the USA.