noriyoshi morimura: edge house
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jul 01, 2011
noriyoshi morimura: edge house

‘edge house’ by noriyoshi morimura architects and associates, osaka, japan
images courtesy of noriyoshi morimura architects and associates

japanese practice noriyoshi morimura architects and associates has created ‘edge house’, a private residence
located in kansai district, a well-known area of osaka, japan. situated on a hill overlooking the city,
the design features a series of slanted and connective floors that mimic the surrounding slopped topography.
ribbon-like in form, the dwelling is composed of merging and offset planes that slice through the landscape
to establish a dialogue with the encircling environment. 


a continuous and fluid line snakes through the structure gently integrating each floor while generating a defined
structural aesthetic. powerful and inorganic, the winding concrete form forcefully cuts through the home, loosely
defining a series of open areas. the ribbon-like surfaces extend far beyond the perimeters of the fully glazed walls,
acting dually as protection from the elements and as exposed outdoor terraces.


the sculptural interior is treated minimally with neutral stone and concrete, which freely flow from one room to

the next. wrapping around every surface, the milky tiles soften the harsh, angular lines to create an almost ethereal

sense within the home. a heavy dark wood volume punctures through each storey, adding an element of privacy

– and storage – to the otherwise exposed residence.

slanted walls connect each floor and in some places provide access between rooms

living room

living room with view towards bedroom and dining room


kitchen and dining room

night view

overall residence at night

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

front elevation

side elevation



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