SATOSHI OKADA
ARCHITECTS

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VILLA U/a

VILLA U/a is located on a mountain peak overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The broad land of 70000m², surrounded by a boundless thicket, is precipitously inclined toward the coast. Responded to the client's philosophical proposition pursuing for architecture of timelessness, it was designed to bear, intrinsically, a dignity rooted in purity and simplicity.

In the vast nature remaining a primeval forest, the construction site was demarcated by a circle of 50m diametre on a relatively flat mountain edge. The two storeyed building was conceived so that only its upper stands visible from the approach level, whereas the lower was half buried into the ground; unveils the whole figure only when seen from the ocean side. The round wall, responded to its geographical contour lines, contributes to a structural retaining wall as well as for securing the living environment.

A gently curved driveway, passing through the bamboo forest, takes the tunnel down to the garage adjacent to the private entrance. The lower floor is dedicated to bedrooms finished with stones and delicately crafted timber fittings. The terrain behind the main bedroom slopes upward, so that it reflects sunlight into the room. Whereas, upstairs, the completely glazed space consisted of steel structure serves for a public realm. The living space next to the main entrance extends to both a generous terrace toward the ocean and the hortus conclusus. The open spa, secluded at the other end, holds the splendid ocean view beyond the rooftop shallow water-basin.

LOCATION
Shizuoka, JP
PROGRAM
Private residence
YEAR
Phase I: 2013, Phase II: ongoing, completion expected in 2018
SIZE
746 sqm
STRUCTURE
RC + steel
LEAD ARCHITECT
Satoshi Okada
TEAM
Daikichi Homma, Junpei Kizu, Lisa Tomiyama
COLLABORATORS
STRUCTURAL DESIGN:
Hirokazu Toki + S3 Associates Inc.
CONTRACTOR:
Daido Kogyo Co.
PHOTO CREDITS:
Satoshi Shigeta
PUBLICATIONS
JAPAN:
X - Knowledge 2/2016, Modern Living Luxury Houses, Shinkenchiku jt 9/2014, Modern Living 212, GA Houses 134

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