noriyoshi morimura: edge house noriyoshi morimura: edge house
jul 01, 2011

noriyoshi morimura: edge house

‘edge house’ by noriyoshi morimura architects and associates, osaka, japan images courtesy of noriyoshi morimura architects and associates

japanese practice noriyoshi morimura architects and associates has created ‘edge house’, a private residence located in kansai district, a well-known area of osaka, japan. situated on a hill overlooking the city, the design features a series of slanted and connective floors that mimic the surrounding slopped topography. ribbon-like in form, the dwelling is composed of merging and offset planes that slice through the landscape to establish a dialogue with the encircling environment. 


a continuous and fluid line snakes through the structure gently integrating each floor while generating a defined structural aesthetic. powerful and inorganic, the winding concrete form forcefully cuts through the home, loosely defining a series of open areas. the ribbon-like surfaces extend far beyond the perimeters of the fully glazed walls, acting dually as protection from the elements and as exposed outdoor terraces.


the sculptural interior is treated minimally with neutral stone and concrete, which freely flow from one room to

the next. wrapping around every surface, the milky tiles soften the harsh, angular lines to create an almost ethereal

sense within the home. a heavy dark wood volume punctures through each storey, adding an element of privacy

– and storage – to the otherwise exposed residence.

slanted walls connect each floor and in some places provide access between rooms

living room

living room with view towards bedroom and dining room


kitchen and dining room

night view

overall residence at night

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

front elevation

side elevation



  • awsome!

    c says:
  • I’m missing a specific spirit – all I can see is concrete and some standard le Corbusier and Marcel Breuer furniture.

    al says:
  • interesting

    mm says:
  • First impression is WOW! Then a closer look shows a tiny sad kitchen. As for the rest, it is lovely but not people friendly. No where to hang art! No where to see the owners personality. No color. No visual relief from the hard surfaces. Cold and bland.
    Just check the ceiling in the bedroom. Imagine waking up to see what could be a prison ceiling. NOT inviting.

    nellie j says:
  • This is sick, I would add to the above comments that the place will definitely adapt to the owner, there are so many places where artwork could be placed and really there is nothing sad or little about that kitchen. Form the pictures I can see a double sink that appears quite spacious, plenty of space to cook and storage space both on the isle as well as what appears to be a pantry on the back which does an awesome job concealing the fridge. The articulation of the spaces is astonishing, what a great job and to the Corbusian and Breuer furniture comment, perhaps the architects are referencing the simple beauty of these two architects by placing their pieces in this space.

    ArtCrit says:
  • when the sunlight shines on the concrete… the concrete glows~

    relenea says:
  • Except for the inebriated guest falling over the edge, this is a great party house.
    Except for the blotchy exposed concrete, I would enjoy living here.
    There are wonderful possibilities for displaying art and just living & playing in this house.
    Noriyoshi Morimura Architects does it again. Beautiful.

    Free Form Constructural Realism - Hawaii says:
  • Outstanding

    giarq says:
  • Loving it!

    mawdster says:
  • ‘sloped’ only has one ‘p’ in it!

    serena says:
  • Chic and sophisticated

    andres says:
  • Cold, sad, desolate. Very little space for entertaining guests. Think this would work better as a penthouse suite, not a discrete home.

    Meh says:
  • contrived, dated and strenuous.
    a waste of money, but the effort is commendable.

    no BS says:
  • La forma esterna è interessante sebbene non originalissima, l’interno (almeno come si vede dalle foto) è suggestivo per l’articolazione spaziale, meno per gli arredi. Come è stato detto nel post di Al, i mobili di Le Corbusier e Breuer sono davvero troppo datati. In sostanza, spero che chi abiterà questa casa vi si possa trovare bene, personalmente non ci abiterei volentieri. Comunque, complimenti all’architetto, non è facile in ogni caso realizzare una architettura così!
    rocco ( insegnante di arte in italia)

    rocco says:
  • A perfect home for Tony Hawk.

    808stevan says:

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