villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architects villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architects
dec 05, 2012

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architects

‘villa SSK’ by takeshi hirobe architects, chiba, japanimage © koichi torimuraall images courtesy of takeshi hirobe architects



in chiba, japan, the ‘villa SSK’ by tokyo-based takeshi hirobe architects overlooks the water of tokyo bay and a vegetated mountainscape. the residence’s living spaces are oriented towards the ocean presence. a lofted bedroom and bathroom are oriented towards the stunning view. instead of a garage, a room framed with timber trusses and windows contains the owner’s vehicle. beyond the car room, inhabitants walk down an outdoor path and courtyard bordered by the guest bedroom. friends and family can gather within the space or water can flow onto the tiled pavers to create a reflective surface adjacent to the walkway.


wooden panels and beams create the segmented curvature of the wall and roof planes while glass facades cap the north and south elevations oriented towards the ocean and mountain views. inside the living areas, the angles of the space frame elements produce intermittent gaps between the enclosure and structure for subtle variety. accessed with stairs within the main volume of the dwelling, a lofted bedroom and bath overlook the water. a smaller rectilinear volume with lumber planks screens the toilet and shower for privacy.



backyardimage © koichi torimura



backyardimage © koichi torimura



front elevationimage © koichi torimura



garageimage © koichi torimura



ground level bedroomimage © koichi torimura



courtyard with reflecting pool connects garage to ground level living spacesimages © koichi torimura



living roomimages © koichi torimura



kitchen, dining + living roomimage © koichi torimura



loft bedroomimage © koichi torimura



ocean view from bedroomimage © koichi torimura



screened bathroomimages © koichi torimura



lumber screens toilet and shower for privacyimages © koichi torimura



ocean view from tubimage © koichi torimura



front elevation at nightimage © koichi torimura



guest bedroom overlooks reflecting poolimage © koichi torimura



kitchen + dining roomimage © koichi torimura



living roomimages © koichi torimura



courtyard at nightimages © koichi torimura



floor plan / level 0






project info:



architect: takeshi hirobephotography: koichi torimuraproject name: villa SSKlocation: chiba, japandate of completion: 05/2012principal use: weekend residencestructure: wooden structuresite area: 854.28m2total floor area: 105.05 m2design period: 07/2009 – 12/2010construction period: 01/2011 – 05/2012structural engineer: akira ouchi /s formexternal wall: galvanized steel sheetinternal wall: exposed beam, japan cedar t=12mm w=200mm liningceiling: exposed beam, japan cedar t=12mm w=200mm liningfloor: tile, walnut flooringfurniture: japanese ash fancy plywood wax finish

  • Certainly different. I would’ve thought that a car room would be called a “garage” and notice it is socalled in the plan, I like it, even though in terms of usage of materials, this isn’t exactly efficient d’-)

    Jetwax says:

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