a series of connected volumes constructed from hammer-toned, reinforced concrete serves as a private home on the shores of yoron island in japan’s kagoshima prefecture. the elevated location, set on a hill of coral reefs, facing the ocean; this serene landscape influenced CASE-REAL‘s resulting orientation and approach of the villa.

all images © hiroshi mizusaki




the project by CASE-REAL, was centered on the ideas of creating a space that would capitalize on the views, sunlight and wind, and at the same time, protect the residents from the harsh sun rays and the possibility of hurricanes. the low-rise property is organized with the master bedrooms facing the ocean and the communal spaces towards the greenery behind. meanwhile, the buffer space in-between the two volumes sits in the path of seasonal winds. furthermore, bi-folding doors installed with a mesh fixture provides light and securing into this corridor space. the mesh pattern is a reference to the local construction material translated to ‘flower block’ and by creating a fixture based on this basic module, a strong exterior image was established.

folding doors open the corridor to the outside, while providing security

the mesh pattern is a reference to the local construction material translated to ‘flower block’

the clear waters of the ocean is framed from the mesh windows

the buffer space in-between the two volumes sits in the path of seasonal winds

the low-level volumes have been constructed with a pent roof

the scheme is located in a small japanese island of yoron

the kitchen-cum-dining room area

concrete has been used throughout the interior

hammer toned reinforced concrete and natural materials gives the interior a distinct character

bedrooms have been organized to face the ocean









  • Looks like a prison compound for politicians.


    JimCan says:
  • i wouldn’ t deliberately show the details of the beam colliding with the ornament in the tv room.

    carlo says:

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