onjuku beach house by bakoko onjuku beach house by bakoko
oct 28, 2012

onjuku beach house by bakoko

‘onjuku beach house’ by bakoko, onjuku, japan all images © bakoko all images courtesy of bakoko

tokyo-based firm bakoko has just completed the ‘onjuku beach house’ along chiba’s pacific coast in japan. located only 300 meters from the white sand beach, the retreat is buffered by a bluff to form a secluded getaway residence and eventual retirement home. a concealed entrance is served by a japanese genkan, a porch which separates the dwelling from a shed for surfboards and bicycles. dark-stained tongue and groove cedar cladding maintains a low profile from the road. during the summer, the glazing along the southern elevation is protected by the deep eaves which frame them. sliding doors close the facade for protection during seasonal typhoons. recessed beyond an outdoor corridor, an open-air shower leads into the ground level bathroom. a sunken bathtub overlooks a sheltered intimate garden through a window.

the double-height interior is airy with light wood surfaces. a spruce-clad box contains the bedroom, WC and bathroom while a study is placed on the upper level. fine detailing of doors ensure they close flush with the wall, further concealing these private areas. the crisp wooden surface gives way to slotted perforations within the balustrade overhead, giving screened views into the first floor loft. this permeable partition enhances cross ventilation and conceals air conditioning units while the wood-burning stove is used for heat in winter. a built-in desk along the windows allows inhabitants to gaze towards the sea. a nearby ladder accesses the rooftop through a skylight.

see designboom’s previous coverage of this project during construction here.

timber shutters close the facade

protected from seasonal typhoons

opened to reveal the interior’s entry

dark stained cedar cladding

view from porch

door leading to shed /outdoor shower

door detail

outdoor shower

living room



spruce-clad stairway

(left) stairs (right door detail

view from bath


wood screen detailing

wood screen detailing

view of desk from stairs

study with ladder to access the roof via skylight



at dusk

at dusk

video courtesy of bakoko

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

  • Finally a video about usage. Great!

    Diego says:
  • When is a beach house not a beach house?
    When the sea is only visible from the roof . . . just.

    meija says:

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