House Overlooking The Sea / Edward Suzuki Associates

© Yasuhiro Nukamura

Architects: Edward Suzuki Associates - Edward Suzuki, Toshiharu Nanba
Location: Hayama,
Completion: 2011
Total Floor Area: 540.02 sqm
Site Area: 2,620.84 sqm
Photographer: Yasuhiro Nukamura


This is a vacation home expected to become a permanent house in the future. Located about an hour’s car ride away from downtown Tokyo, it is locatedin the sea resort of Hayama in the Shonan region, adjacent to the more well known, old city of Kamakura.

Sited overlooking the sea on the south, the design intent was to capture as much of the scenic panorama and to bring it into the house. Behind the house on the north is a hill clad with wild bamboos. Sandwiched in between the richness of the sea and that of the hill, the design was to open the house as much as was possible to the natural outdoors and to become a part of it.

© Yasuhiro Nukamura

The plan is basically a multiple of six-by-six meter concrete grid in three stories. The basement approach level is predominantly entrance, garage, and storage. The first floor is sleeping quarters, and the second, uppermost level, is living, dining, and kitchen. The second floor is basically one large room zoned functionally and separately by the structural grids.

Interior floor finish for the second floor is laminated bamboo, much used by our office recently, as the material is very fast-growing and therefore more eco-friendly than wood. The bedrooms floor is carpeting to allow softer material for the legs. The exterior is stucco clad over exterior insulation to prevent interior condensation and subsequent mold.

1st floor plan

Extending the full length of the house on the south seaside is a three-meter wide terrace balcony acting as an interface between the outside and the inside. On sunny, non-cloudy days, one may be able to view Mt. Fuji in the southwest in all its glory.

Cite: "House Overlooking The Sea / Edward Suzuki Associates" 27 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • Mark

    This is very ‘Neutra’ – reminds me of one of his townhome/condo projects in the hills of Silver Lake in Los Angeles. I like the project.

  • Lina Grigaitis

    Looks heavenly!