nakahira architects designs coastal home in japan with outdoor stage for music performances

nakahira architects designs coastal home in japan with outdoor stage for music performances

nakahira architects, an osaka-based firm led by masaru nakahira, has completed a timber residence surrounded by forest in japan’s southern wakayama prefecture. titled ‘house on cape’, a name that references the dwelling’s coastal location, the home is is adjacent to a park with views of the pacific ocean. the house was designed for a young, music-loving couple and their two children — one of an increasing number of families moving to the area thanks to its mild climate.

nakahira architects house on cape
all images by ken’ichi suzuki

 

 

nakahira architects began the project by taking into account the site’s natural environment. ‘we started with a plan to avoid cutting down trees and damaging the land,’ says masaru nakahira. ‘we carefully designed the approach to the house from the road and the layout of the buildings so that we didn’t cut any trees. we used the traditional method of building foundations to minimize the damage to the land.’

nakahira architects house on cape

 

 

this method, known in japan as ‘ishiba-tate’, involves positioning the structure’s wooden pillars on top of stone bases. ‘as a result, the concrete foundation is now 30% of the floor area and the excavated area has been significantly reduced,’ explains the architect. ‘furthermore, it is a sustainable construction method that facilitates checking and maintenance under the floor.’ advantages of the technique include increased resistance against earthquakes and insects.

nakahira architects house on cape

 

 

the wood used is locally sourced, while carpenters worked by hand to make all the joints. ‘for the roof beams, we used ‘taiko beams,’ which are cedar logs that are cut on both sides,’ masaru nakahira continues. ‘these are traditional japanese wooden beams, but they are not used these days because of the time and effort required to process them. we tried to create an original wooden space in order to reconstruct the aspect of a traditional japanese house.’

nakahira architects house on cape

 

 

the architects designed the single story building to follow the edge of the woods. to the south, between the forest and the house, an outdoor stage is capable of hosting live music performances. ‘we sat on the deck space, which was the audience seating area, and listened to the couple play with the beautiful trees in the background,’ nakahira says. ‘people who happened to be in the park next door also sat on park benches and listened to the performance while looking out at the ocean.’

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nakahira architects house on cape

nakahira architects designs coastal home in japan with outdoor stage for music performances

nakahira architects designs coastal home in japan with outdoor stage for music performances

nakahira architects designs coastal home in japan with outdoor stage for music performances

 

 

project info:

 

name: house on cape
location: wakayama, japan
architects: nakahira architects
construction: timber
number of stories: 1
site area: 7,602.53 sqm
gross area: 148.64 sqm
photography: ken’ichi suzuki

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