SATOSHI OKADA
ARCHITECTS

Villa man-bow main

VILLA MAN-BOW

Located about 100 kilometers west of Tokyo, this steep site slopes down into the Ocean and is seasonally struck by typhoons and oceanic breezes: this design was inspired by the round shaped foliage of the local trees, which naturally withstand the heavy winds.

The house was thus conceived as an ellipsoid element suspended high above over the trees, so that the view on the Ocean would not be obstructed; the broad living area is complemented by bedrooms and services, all contained in a box-like volume on the back.

The curvy and smooth interior surfaces are painted white, as to dissolve any hard edge

LOCATION
Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
PROGRAM
Vacation House
YEAR
1997
SIZE
152.45sqm
STRUCTURE
steel + wooden frame
LEAD ARCHITECT
Satoshi Okada
TEAM
Lisa Tomiyama
COLLABORATORS
STRUCTURAL DESIGN:
Masaharu Iwata (MUSA)
CONTRACTOR:
Mizuno-kensetsu co.
PHOTO CREDITS:
Hiroyuki Hirai

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