takuro yamamoto architects: white cave house takuro yamamoto architects: white cave house
aug 14, 2013

takuro yamamoto architects: white cave house

takuro yamamoto architects: white cave house
all images courtesy of takuro yamamoto




the carved out volume of ‘white cave house’ by japanese firm takuro yamamoto architects is formed by a series of interconnected voids in the shape of a kinked tube. located in kanazawa city, japan, an area known for heavy snowfall, the white minimal house still features many external spaces. the building’s approach, through a large snow-proof entrance follows along the cave-like tube, which connects this exterior form with the house’s internal functions. a roofed garage for multiple cars, a terrace that is open to the sky and a large courtyard have a direct relationship to the rest of the house due to the ‘white cave.’

the exterior facade from the street with its large cave-like entrance




the void twists through the building from its street entrance, creating a private courtyard for the occupants to enjoy from the living spaces. the open-air features of the courtyard and terrace help to bring light through to the internal spaces, connecting to the outside. the cave also serves as a route to remove snow from these external spaces in the winter. the terrace is covered by a white waterproof membrane that holds a thin layer of water similar to a white basin. the reflection of the water above, the serene interior courtyard and the bold hollow cave result in a house that offers a sense of recluse from the ordinary.

view from the internal courtyard looking back to the entrance

the open air courtyard

roof terrace with water held by a thin waterproof membrane

terrace with a tree

living room looking towards the courtyard

dining and kitchen space has a direct relationship with the exterior courtyard

the white cave house’s minimal interior with sofa, coffee table and concrete bench


japanese room

living room at night as viewed from the courtyard



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  • I like the furniture

    dbkii says:
  • especially that coffee table

    dbkii says:
  • so beautiful!

    eduardo petarle says:
  • There are 5 gallon buckets of hand wash stationed at each corner of the grounds. Having said .. this is really stunning. I agree with Don; call Goodwill to come get the furnishings.


    JimCan says:
  • no sex, eating, children, cooking, or fun allowed….very zen. nice to apprehend.

    nicola loder says:
  • So blue,,ah………..

    despina says:
  • It reminds me a lot of Albaerto Campo Baeza

    Coastline says:
  • minmal and beautiful.

    sathish.s says:

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