mA style: riverbank house/ kawabe no sumika mA style: riverbank house/ kawabe no sumika
may 25, 2011

mA style: riverbank house/ kawabe no sumika

‘riverbank house / kawabe no sumika’ by mA-style design of architecture + planning, shizuoka prefecture, japan images © kai nakamura

japanese practice mA-style design of architecture + planning have created ‘riverbank house/ kawabe no sumika’, a single family home in shizuoka prefecture, japan. located on a confined strip of land, sandwiched between a quiet riverbank and a residential neighborhood, the home is a response to both the contrasting surrounding environment and the site which it sits upon.

dominant and symmetrical in form, the dwelling features two distinctly different facades, altering the overall perception of space and dimensionality. the street side facade, solid and impermeable in its massing refers to its position and immediate context, a busy and noisy environment full of car and pedestrian traffic. smooth and minimal in its expression, the surface aims to conceal any evidence of life and activity taking place within the home. on the opposite side of the structure, a complex set of shapes and openings develop a drastically different sense of space. a collection of terraces extend from each void, integrating the minimal interior rooms with the exterior environment.

concealed front facade

the bedrooms and private quarters are dispersed throughout the ground floor, each with a large window that looks to establish a constant connection with the land and vegetation. public spaces – the open kitchen, living and dining room – are situated on the second floor, where they have uninterrupted views of the river and lush marshland.

street side facade



view into bedroom and living room

side elevation

(left) terraces on ground and second floor (right) bedroom on ground floor


(left) bedroom (right) stairway to second floor


kitchen and stairway


view of kitchen from living room

kitchen and living room

terrace off living room

night view

view of surrounding landscape

(left) floor plan / level 0 (right) floor plan / level 1

  • This is really wow,I like it.

    KK says:
  • I like the triangular verandah… the sharp pointed ending march with the landscape… which leads to the infinity…

    Moniruzzaman Mondal says:
  • I thought this was a bit dour until I saw the last photo

    T says:
  • this is really a rather exquisite little piece of work – a tad cold perhaps, but easily rectified upon inhabitation

    it would be even better in a more interesting landscape

    dbkii says:
  • ouch

    man says:
  • Most beautiful, perfectly resolved (but maybe not a home)

    mackenzie collins says:
  • Very nice, but I’d like to see more architects dealing with noisy streets in ways other than placing monolithic walls between the house and the street.

    Kris says:
  • [url=] Beautiful home. I love the look of the Japanese homes featured but I wonder how they’d fit in an American residential setting.[/url]

    garagecat says:
  • This is one of the best [url=]home designs[/url] I’ve seen. Amazing!

    coolhome says:
  • So clever and nice architecture

    iwona nawrocka klasicki says:
  • this could gain 10/10 score, but there is a problem, and everyone here should recognize it easily. it’s a pity. Except that, this could be my house, i love it.

    ivan says:

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