vast openings expose window house by yasutaka yoshimura
all images courtesy of yasutaka yoshimura architects

 

 

 

existing on a compact strip of land between the ocean and the passing street, yasutaka yoshimura architects has designed a small-scale residence in kanagawa, japan. ‘window house’ is a weekend refuge offering expansive views of mount fuji and across sagami bay.

 

the three-storey dwelling is defined by large openings on both sides of the property, allowing daylight to pervade the structure. the windows also permits sight-lines through the design, ensuring that the building does not block the views and light requirements of proximate buildings. due to its waterside location, the structure is perched on piloti – protecting its inhabitants from flooding. a cantilevered stairway draws one inside the home’s living quarters where efficiently programmed volumes are flooded with daylight, offering panoramic vistas across the region’s coastline.

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the building occupies a 24 square meter plot of land

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(left) cantilevered stairs lead inside the dwelling
(right) compact circulation routes within the home

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interior volumes are flooded with natural light

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the expansive glazed window offers impressive views across the bay

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space for living accommodation inside the residence

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the structure is perched on piloti to protect against flooding

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the scheme permits sight-lines through the dwelling, ensuring a minimal effect on neighboring houses

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‘window house’ in its waterfront setting