three ball cascade architects: harley in da house three ball cascade architects: harley in da house
sep 28, 2012

three ball cascade architects: harley in da house

‘harley in da house’ by three ball cascade architects, yokohama, japan all images courtesy of three ball cascade architects




japanese practice three ball cascade architects have recently completed ‘harley in da house’ for a client with an interest in cars and would live on the ground floor, with his parents above. the simple rectangular form of the residence contains several voids to bring natural light into the interior as well as control views in the residential area. a cross-shaped courtyard on the second storey makes four semi-independent private volumes. the spacious garage and living room at street level are separated by a large glass wall, creating a constant visual connection and treating the automobile more as a piece of art on display. the interior is partly illuminated by a full height atrium. dark walnut is used as the flooring material as well as integrated furniture and garage door, with metal panels as a skin.

street view

garage entrance


small atrium

garage and living room

entrance to living room from garage

living room

view of the kitchen

stair well

upstairs kitchen

living room

walnut cabinet


view to the terrace




floor plan / level 0 1. garage 2. living room 3. bedroom 4. toilet 5. dressing room 6. bathroom 7. entrance 8. garden 9. secondary entrance



floor plan / level 1 1. void 2. toilet 3. closet 4. bedroom 5. japanese room 6. living room 7. dressing 8. bathroom 9. balcony









project info:



location: yokohama site area: 126.94 m2 total area: 117.59 m2 constructor: sekiwa kensetsu (naoki minotani) structure: timber structure engineer: kozo oshima max height: 6.96m stories: 2

  • oooh. A vintage (’88?) CRX. Now that is a thing of beauty!

    Pg says:
  • … an 800. car would never displace room to stretch your legs in the USA. Nicely finished compound however.

    jim C. says:
  • Internal light well in matt black!!!

    SJS says:
  • A car practically in your living room? The car has been allowed a context it does not warrant and consequently it does nothing but invade and clash. What a hideous impingement on your living space – I don’t car how nice the car is.

    There’s some aesthetically pleasing toilets, but I wouldn’t stick one in the kitchen.

    douglas says:
  • I could think of MUCH more artistic and interesting transportation display objects than a car (but that is ony my opinion- which is not worth a whole lot). Since this building is practically inaccessible; a 4 by 4 or a quad to get over those curbs and steps would seem more apropriate!

    Chris Jordan says:
  • i have seriously come to a conclusion that the Japanese have a phobia of \”windows\”

    swank says:
  • They do indeed swank. It is considered rude and unneighbourly to either allow others to inadvertantly look in or to leave your windows uncovered such that you could look at them. Look at the “normal” houses, the windows are either shuttered with typhoon screens or interior covers always drawn. Hence just be honest and leave them out entirely.
    The houses you see that have great expanses of glass are in private locations or designed in a way that makes them private or unobtrusive to others. Or they are designed to make a statement about japanese culture, such as the Tokyo house that is completely transparent, a glass clad jungle jim.

    gpanderson says:

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