Garden and Sea / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier

© Toshiyuki YANO (Nacasa & Partners Inc.,)

Architects: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier
Location: Japan
Client: Private
Project year: 2008
Constructed area: 237 sqm
Photographs: Toshiyuki YANO (Nacasa & Partners Inc.,)

The site faces the sea and has deep depth. And it inclines toward the sea by the vertical interval like 2M. We arranged the house in the center of the site. The plane shape of the house is wedge to spread towards the sea.


We planned the first floor as a place to enjoy a . The part facing the of the half underground is a window. By it, a slope of the ground just appears as form of the openings. The exterior floor covered with the white gravel. Since it is surrounded by the outside wall, outside can also be felt like the interior of a room. By place to stay and movement at that time, relations with a person and the ground surface change.

© Toshiyuki YANO (Nacasa & Partners Inc.,)

The second floor enabled it to set up a sense of distance with the sea variously in the inside of a building. The both ends of cylindrical space long in the direction of marine are glass windows. An indoor partition wall is also glass. We can look at sea side and the location of the other side at the same time from the room. Even if the sojourner is in any place, he can see or feel the sea.

© Toshiyuki YANO (Nacasa & Partners Inc.,)
© Toshiyuki YANO (Nacasa & Partners Inc.,)


The first floor that enjoys the yard, the second floor that enjoys the sea, and 2 space were divided clearly. Owner enabled it to spend the time of non-every day by going back and forth mutual space with the different feature appropriate for the cottage.

Cite: "Garden and Sea / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier" 23 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • spass

    Great project with great web presentation.
    I like the larger resolution images via thumbnails, the larger the better.

  • Phi TheJunction

    The people responsible for this project definetly know their abilities. Great!

    Cheers Phi

  • fb

    oh that’s cool,
    and quite literally too

    i feel like if i went into that house i’d be too scared to touch anything

  • hedgy

    the project is wonderfull, that’s why i like the japanise architecture. the building is too large for me (it’s just me), but it’s really great designed !

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  • Maria-Louiza Laopodi

    I very much appreciate the way perspectives are empowered and private areas are sheltered at the narrower part of the property.

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  • LargoJax

    It’s a hospital.

  • Sirisha Bysani

    hi, the project is very good,even the views are too good

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  • Architist

    Great project. I love that depressed ground floor, and the effect it create at night. I love Japanese Archiecture.

  • ariana roberts

    the only thing wrong is the lack of color

  • luis

    great design! I love white construction!!!!

  • Jerry

    WOW the WC – ROOM transparency is disgusting.. the rest is cool

  • MyDS

    Can I move in? I love it.

  • san luis louis

    lots of us LOVE white and minimal, and obviously the owners did too. usually some good projects daily from this site, but this one is superb with an exquisite level of attention to detail, strong concepts and execution. thanks.