Architects: Tsushima Design Studio
Location: Kamakura, Japan
Principal: Mr. Toshio Tsushima
Design Architects: Tsushima Design Studio (TDS)
Contractor: Ito Construction Company
Area: 200 sqm
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa
Located a short commute from Tokyo within the hills of Kamakura, the T-House functions as an artists weekend escape from their fast pace Tokyo lifestyle. Situated between the views of Sagami Bay and perched over the dense forests edge, the T-House quickly becomes enveloped by the views and sounds of its surrounding nature. Although the dark exterior facade creates a stark contrast with the landscape from the street elevation, the interior of the house flows seamlessly out into the landscape. Mimicking the surrounding forest, the buildings structure utilizes natural materials and traditional Japanese details/construction techniques to create a blurring of the interior and exterior space. The contrast between the clean white interior walls and the surrounding wood floor/ceiling also help pull your views to the green forests beyond.
The unique siting of the house creates truly distinct spaces for each of the interior functions. Sitting below the cantilevering concrete structure with expansive views of the forests undergrowth, the basement level acts as the perfect retreat leaving the occupant disconnected from the sky and all of their everyday surroundings. The first floor or living level is the most urban level of the house. With a large atrium, open interior spaces, and plenty of light and views, the first floor acts as the perfect place to relax and entertain guests. Situated within the canopies of the surrounding trees, the wide open second floor acts as the artists workspace and gallery. With views to the bay, out over the treetops, and up to the sky this level acts as the perfect backdrop for the artist to work from.