SATOSHI OKADA
ARCHITECTS

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VILLA IN KAIKOH

VILLA IN KAIKOH is a seaside holiday house located in Atami, a well-known hot spring resort 100km west of Tokyo.

The site lies on a steep cliff commanding a splendid panorama of the Pacific Ocean. The building is designed with eight stepped and interconnected platforms. A continuous strip is folded in different directions so that interlocked voids are generated both vertically and horizontally; and unfolded at several stages to provide platforms for various activities.

Connected to the public road, the uppermost level serves for a garage and a private entry, from which a lift and stairs lead to all floors. Moving downwards, the main entrance and two guestrooms are on the same floor; the main bathroom featuring an outdoor spa is secluded behind a flight of stairs. Further down, the living, dining and kitchen accompanied by a large terrace, are perfectly glazed toward the sea. Bedrooms and a tatami room are on the lower level, and a workshop touches to the ground at the very bottom.

The structure is a hybrid composition of steel construction upon a reinforced concrete fabric. Steel was absolutely required for eliminating any bulky column or wall; brings living spaces a variety of scenes and gives a feeling of lightness to the whole building. The prefabrication method utilising steel panel blocks remarkably contributed to the construction on the precipitous land.

LOCATION
Shizuoka, JP
PROGRAM
Private residence
YEAR
2010
SIZE
634 sqm
STRUCTURE
RC + steel
LEAD ARCHITECT
Satoshi Okada
TEAM
Daikichi Homma, Lisa Tomiyama
COLLABORATORS
STRUCTURAL DESIGN:
Hirokazu Toki + S3 Associates Inc.
CONTRACTOR:
Mizusawa Komuten co., Takahashi Kogyo co.
PHOTO CREDITS:
Hiroshi Ueda
AWARDS
Perspective Award (2011) HK
PUBLICATIONS
INTERNATIONAL:
Interior World Magazine 80, Seaside Living, Pure Luxury: World's Best Houses
JAPAN:
Selected Architectural Designs 2012, JIA Architect of the Year 2011, Toto 508, Casa Brutus:Finest Houmes of the 21st Century vol. 3, Casa Brutus 131, Detail 187, GA Houses 118, Tekko-gijutsu 10/2010, Shinkenchiku 10/2010

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