EASTERN design office stacks concrete square tubes for house in kyoto

EASTERN design office stacks concrete square tubes for house in kyoto

located in a residential area of kyoto city, japan, the concrete square tube house by EASTERN design office combines a series of stacked square volumes, piled up in two vertical lines. planned as a single-family home, the project comprises four horizontal lines of cubes, each of which in a size suitable to provide inner spatial comfort. when looking at the house from the front, the tubes appear to be stacked without overlapping, while the square tubes serve as cantilevers, with the one on the second floor cantilevering 5.5 meters, and the one on the third floor 3.6 meters.EASTERN design office stacks concrete square tubes for house in kyotoall images by koichi torimura



EASTERN design office has built the residence in a kyoto neighborhood where modern houses, old wooden houses and middle size apartment houses are lined up next to each other. the project benefits from a great view on the third floor, as a 500-meter mountain range opens to the north and west side, and the cityscape to the south and east side. a fake window on the 4th floor frames the city landscape like scenery in a picture, making it a symbolic view.EASTERN design office stacks concrete square tubes for house in kyoto



piled up in four horizontal lines and two vertical, to match the appropriate housing size, the cubes also serve as structural elements, as their square form is strong and sturdy. the ground floor of the house encloses an entrance area, which runs from the doorway to the back garden, where a maple tree – the symbol of the house – is planted at the center of this square tube. one level above, the cubes of both vertical lines contain three bedrooms and one walk- in closet, while each bedroom has a big opening on its front side.EASTERN design office stacks concrete square tubes for house in kyoto



two tubes are connected to create the spacious second floor, while two openings on the ceiling, each two square meters in size, bring natural light in through the moving water of the pool, which is located on the third floor. the light that comes in from these skylights changes its color and moves around the room depending on the time of the day and the season. a square window at the end of the pool on the last tube frames the city that lies ahead.



project info:


name: concrete square tube house

architect: EASTERN design office

location: kyoto, japan

site area: 236.64m2

total floor area: 522.10m2

structural engineering: ryoma murata building studio ltd.

constructor: fukasaka co., ltd

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