‘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.

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectsbackyardimage © koichi torimura

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectsbackyardimage © koichi torimura

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectsfront elevationimage © koichi torimura

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectsgarageimage © koichi torimura

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectsground level bedroomimage © koichi torimura

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectscourtyard with reflecting pool connects garage to ground level living spacesimages © koichi torimura

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectsliving roomimages © koichi torimura

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectskitchen, dining + living roomimage © koichi torimura

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectsloft bedroomimage © koichi torimura

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectsocean view from bedroomimage © koichi torimura

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectsscreened bathroomimages © koichi torimura

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectslumber screens toilet and shower for privacyimages © koichi torimura

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectsocean view from tubimage © koichi torimura

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectsfront elevation at nightimage © koichi torimura

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectsguest bedroom overlooks reflecting poolimage © koichi torimura

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectskitchen + dining roomimage © koichi torimura

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectsliving roomimages © koichi torimura

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectscourtyard at nightimages © koichi torimura

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectsfloor plan / level 0

 

 

villa SSK in chiba by takeshi hirobe architectsisometric

 

 

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