‘villa by the sea’ by edward suzuki architecture
all images © yasuhiro nukamura
japanese firm edward suzuki architects has completed ‘villa by the sea’, a vacation home located an hour from downtown tokyo.
located in the sea resort of hayama in the shonan region, the the south façade of the house faces the sea. in order to capture
the panorama and integrate it into the interior spaces, the front of the house is comprised mostly of glass. at the back,
the structure is integrated into a hill of wild bamboo, as both natural environments are incorporated into the space.
the plan is based on a six meter by six meter concrete grid for the three stories. the underground level severs as the entrance,
storage and garage, while the first floor is the sleeping quarters. the uppermost floor is the living, dining and kitchen areas,
neither of which is divided from the other, leaving an open concept space separated only by its function.
view into open eating and living area
view of kitchen
a light installation surrounds the doorway
(left) bathroom with natural light
(right) light boxes by stairs
the main entrance is constructed from lightly painted timber
for the floor finishes, bamboo was used as a laminate due to its fast growth and vernacular quality. the exterior consists of stucco clad
over exterior insulation, preventing interior condensation and the subsequent mold. a large terrace stretches the entire front expanse,
allowing the residents to enjoy their panorama from outside, which, on clear days, also includes a view of mt. fuji.
floor plan / level 0
floor plan / level 1
floor plan / level -1
floor plan / rooftop
location: hayama, japan
design period: august 2008 – november 2009
construction period: december 2009 – january 2011
site area: 2620.84m2
ground coverage: 233.82m2
floor areas: B1 176.99m2 , 1F 204.75m2 , 2F 158.28m2
total floor area: 540.02m2