shigeru ban architects: crescent house shigeru ban architects: crescent house
jun 18, 2012

shigeru ban architects: crescent house

‘crescent house’ by shigeru ban architects, south hakone, shizuoka, japan image © hiroyuki hirai all images courtesy of shigeru ban architects

within an area of villas in south hakone of shizuoka, japan, the ‘crescent house’ by japanese practice shigeru ban architects is named after its arcing C-shaped plan. lifted on pilotis, the first floor living spaces are entered through a glass-enclosed staircase at ground level which rises into the underside of the structure. a deep curved cross-section forming the floor, wall and ceiling planes is sealed with sliding glass doors, accentuating the northern vistas as the primary attention of dwellers. the configuration frames views to mt. fuji in the distance while blocking away the presence of neighboring residences to the east, west or south.

two bedrooms placed at opposing ends are separated from the combined living, dining and kitchen with partitions to create volumes for the utility functions. the depth of the dwelling is at its greatest in the living room, supporting the cantilevered roof’s longest span with a fireplace and chimney instead of a column.

view of residence through the trees image © hiroyuki hirai

curved exterior enclosure image © hiroyuki hirai

view of residence from the front yard image © hiroyuki hirai

entry stair image © hiroyuki hirai

living area with entry stair beyond image © hiroyuki hirai

dining room + kitchen image © hiroyuki hirai

at night image © hiroyuki hirai

site plan

floor plan / level 1


exploded axonometric

project info:

project title: crescent house location: shizuoka, japan      program: private house                                                            structural system: steel frame                                                    major materials: cypress flooring, galvanized metal sheet, aluminum window, wooden sliding window, glass mosaic tile, granite, marble                                                      site area: 1,152.74 m2            building area: 246.68 m2            total floor area: 184.24 m2     design year(s): from feb 2006 to oct 2007 construction year(s): from nov 2007 to oct 2008 architect(s) or architectural firm(s): shigeru ban architects           principal(s) in charge: shigeru ban project team: shigeru ban, nobutaka hiraga, chihiro kotaka, grant suzuki structural engineer(s): hoshino architect&engineer- shuichi hoshino, maya matsuura(former staff) mechanical engineer(s): studio lamp- tomohisa goto kitchen: kreis&co. fireplace: danroya cyress bathtub: hinokisouken roll blinds: nikkensobi co. general contractor: kabaya construction- tomokuni shimegi, yutaka takahashi

  • sweet


    no cardboard tubes?

    dbkii says:
  • Really love the interior, especially shape of the walls.

    sslimm says:
  • such flawless execution!… in my country it would be impossible
    i secretly envy japanese architects and designers.

    jacarga says:
  • love the simplicity. Concerned about all that North-facing glass…… designed for Australia? And just how does that fireplace support the longest span? Hot air rising perhaps.

    Rich says:

    DIMAH says:
  • What a treat! A banana to live in! And who cares about north facing windows when what you see is Mount Fuji?
    I find some of the comments on this site about Japanese architecture quite harsh, though. “Boring, too much white, too boxy, wasted space, tiny rooms” etc. I don’t agree. I think one needs to leave one’s own ideas about how to live and build for a while.
    Forget the city, country you live in and consider the social and urban history of Japan, the very limited space available and what the Japanese themselves consider necessary for living well, then maybe you start to see things differently and get to appreciate what they do.
    I certainly don’t love all the dwellings shown, but I get excited about a good many of them.
    Thanks for showing it all!

    MarieVe says:

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