naoko horibe architect’s office: house in suita
naoko horibe architect’s office: house in suita naoko horibe architect’s office: house in suita
jun 16, 2012

naoko horibe architect’s office: house in suita

‘house in suita’ by naoko horibe architect’s office, suita-shi, japan image © kaori ichikawa all images courtesy of naoko horibe architect’s office




overlooking a residential street in suita-shi, japan, the ‘house in suita’ by tokyo-based naoko horibe architect’s office borrows scenery from a nearby 50-year old cherry tree. two glass cubes open the corners of the dwelling, one offering a panoramic view towards the leafy canopy positioned to the north of the structure. smaller in size, the other takes into account a high retaining wall to the south of the sloping site by minimizing exposure to the home’s lowest level. the gradually graded lawn and curved concrete stairway form a comfortable approach to the front door.


prioritizing convenience, the functional areas including the entry, kitchen, dining room and studio are placed within the more enclosed ground floor. a stairway of wooden treads leads to the spacious living room on the first floor. protected with walls, an open-air courtyard may be accessed from the TV room and master bedroom. lined with a wood ledge, the north-facing corner glazing introduces warm sunlight through the continuous common area.



view of house from the 50-year old cherry tree image © kaori ichikawa


site is bordered by a retaining wall to the south image © kaori ichikawa


ground level dining area is designed for convenience image © kaori ichikawa


view of kitchen from the dining area image © kaori ichikawa


view of stairs and dining area from the first floor image © kaori ichikawa


north-facing window image © kaori ichikawa


view from the living room image © kaori ichikawa


living room image © kaori ichikawa


living room + balcony beyond image © kaori ichikawa


TV area + balcony image © kaori ichikawa


bedroom image © kaori ichikawa


washroom + lavatory image © kaori ichikawa


illuminated at night image © kaori ichikawa


floor plan / level 0 1. entrance 2. dining & kitchen    3. atelier 4. washroom & lavatory 5. bathroom 6. walk-in closet 7. shoe closet 8. lavatory 9. car parking space

floor plan / level 1 10. living room 11. child’s bedroom 12. library 13. master bedroom 14. balcony


project info:

design to completion: march 2010-july 2010 location: suita-shi, osaka primary usage: residence structure: steel-frame construction, two stories above ground family structure: couple with two children site area: 199.31 m2 building area: 69.01 m2 total floor space: 112.74 m2 architect: naoko horibe photographer: kaori ichikawa

  • Very Striking!
    I was happy to find this because I was looking for ideas for a new url=] cross stitch design [/url] studio and this gave me many great ideas!

    Julie says:
  • how the hell they made the structure so they can pull it off the windows in the corners???, in the floor plan shows that the celling is floating!

    Rodrigo Rocha says:
  • help– poor Rocha is lost

    wwwillem says:
  • It is nice enough inside, but outside – boring. In typical architecture speak the description means nothing. Its a boring cube with slightly interesting windows and a lousy yard.

    homesower says:
  • I guess you need to look around the neighbourhood at the other (typical) japanese houses and yards to apreciate the difference. A typical tract house on that lot would be fronted by a blank retaining wall, there would be no lawn or greenery whatsoever, and the house would be completely closed to the street, windows covered by screens, without taking advantage of views or access to light. The canted wall makes room for access to the back yard.
    As for the big unsupported corner window, it really is quite easy. You just need to think outside the box! Just because you can’t see the support doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

    Gordon says:

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