‘riverside house’ by naoi architecture & design office in ibaraki prefecture, japan all images courtesy naoi architecture & design office

japanese atelier naoi architecture & design office (katsutoshi naoi, noriko naoi) has sent us images of their newest project, ‘riverside house’, a two-storey dwelling located along the bank of the tone river in ibaraki prefecture. designed for a couple, the residence seeks to capitalize on its proximity to the water by creating a structure that seemingly disappears, allowing the interior to engage in direct dialogue with its immediate landscape.

naoi architecture & design office: riverside house river-facing facade

featuring floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, the upper-level living space is developed as one continuous area, resulting in an open and flexible atmosphere. the gable roof form provides ample vertical space as well as funnels views towards the water. a wooden platform, elevated 60 cm, serves as the connecting spinal circulation between the public and private programs, offering a different vantage point while defining the different areas of the interior. fronted by a covered balcony that runs the whole length of the house, the boundary between inside and outside is made ambiguous.

naoi architecture & design office: riverside house (left) exterior view (right) ground floor interior

the ground floor level features a gust room that also offers direct visual access to the river. a slideable door featuring horizontal wooden slats creates an interior space that is permeable to natural sunlight as well as sight lines.

naoi architecture & design office: riverside house view from living space

naoi architecture & design office: riverside house interior view

naoi architecture & design office: riverside house dining and kitchen

naoi architecture & design office: riverside house elevated circulation platform and view

naoi architecture & design office: riverside house (left) circulation (right) exterior profile

naoi architecture & design office: riverside house balcony space

naoi architecture & design office: riverside house street view

naoi architecture & design office: riverside house site plan and level 0

naoi architecture & design office: riverside house floor plan / level +1