onjuku beach house by bakoko
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oct 28, 2012
onjuku beach house by bakoko


‘onjuku beach house’ by bakoko, onjuku, japan
all images © bakoko
all images courtesy of bakoko

tokyo-based firm bakoko
has just completed the ‘onjuku beach house’ along chiba’s pacific coast in japan. located only 300 meters
from the white sand beach, the retreat is buffered by a bluff to form a secluded getaway residence and eventual retirement home.
a concealed entrance is served by a japanese genkan, a porch which separates the dwelling from a shed for surfboards and bicycles.
dark-stained tongue and groove cedar cladding maintains a low profile from the road. during the summer, the glazing along the southern elevation
is protected by the deep eaves which frame them. sliding doors close the facade for protection during seasonal typhoons. recessed beyond
an outdoor corridor, an open-air shower leads into the ground level bathroom. a sunken bathtub overlooks a sheltered intimate garden through a window.

the double-height interior is airy with light wood surfaces. a spruce-clad box contains the bedroom, WC and bathroom while a
study is placed on the upper level. fine detailing of doors ensure they close flush with the wall, further concealing these private areas.
the crisp wooden surface gives way to slotted perforations within the balustrade overhead, giving screened views into the first floor loft.
this permeable partition enhances cross ventilation and conceals air conditioning units while the wood-burning stove is used for heat in winter.
a built-in desk along the windows allows inhabitants to gaze towards the sea. a nearby ladder accesses the rooftop through a skylight.

see designboom’s previous coverage of this project during construction here.


timber shutters close the facade


protected from seasonal typhoons


opened to reveal the interior’s entry


dark stained cedar cladding


view from porch


door leading to shed /outdoor shower


door detail


outdoor shower


living room


kitchen


kitchen


spruce-clad stairway


(left) stairs
(right door detail


view from bath


bathroom


wood screen detailing


wood screen detailing


view of desk from stairs


study with ladder to access the roof via skylight


bedroom


rooftop


at dusk


at dusk


video courtesy of bakoko


floor plan / level 0


floor plan / level 1

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