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The Two Houses in Kamakura / Cell Space Architects

  • 01:00 - 22 June, 2010
The Two Houses in Kamakura / Cell Space Architects
The Two Houses in Kamakura / Cell Space Architects, © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Architects

    Mutsue Hayakusa
  • Structural Engineering

    Ryozo Umezawa
  • Structure

    Reinforced concrete
  • Construction Manager

    Daido Kogyo
  • Height

    5080mm
  • Design Period

    October 2007-September 2008
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Photographs

From the architect. House A

House B

© Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

The two adjacent residences in Kamakura, Japan, enjoy both nearby sea and mountains. The villa is for the parents’ use and the other is a residence and studio for their son and daughter-in-law.

© Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

The town where many buildings are back onto the mountain divides the town and the mountains into distinct parts. The path towards the mountains between the buildings acting like “an entrance path to a Shinto shrine” solves the problem of harmonising the town with the mountains.

The two facing buildings create an effect simultaneously of parent-child independence and familiarity. Each resident can view the opposite lifestyle or enjoy watching the green mountains, but maintain privacy by shutting down the Shoji screens set alongside the front windows.

© Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

The site faces the southern mountains with the atmosphere of the Pacific Ocean and is open towards the east. The wide eastern facing opening is designed to allow light in, especially during the limited winter hours. The roofs lean toward each other to frame the mountain range and the roof shapes reflect the distant light from the waves.

© Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

The plants inside the site create a green border around the buildings, which in the future will blend the artificial and the natural, giving balance with the mountains.

Cite: "The Two Houses in Kamakura / Cell Space Architects" 22 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/65415/the-two-houses-in-kamakura-cell-space-architects/>
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I like the the interior, the light and materials are very honest

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