VILLA IN KAIKOH
VILLA IN KAIKOH is a seaside holiday house located in Atami, a popular destination for natural hot springs 100 kilometers west of Tokyo.
The site lies on a steep cliff capturing a splendid panorama of the Pacific Ocean. The building is designed with eight interconnected platforms of different levels. A continuous strip folded in different directions creates interlocked voids both vertically and horizontally, unfolding at several intervals to provide functional space.
Connected to the public road, the uppermost level serves as the garage and private entry - an elevator and stairs leading to all floors. Moving downwards, the second floor includes the main entrance and two guest rooms, as well as the main bathroom featuring an outdoor spa secluded behind a flight of stairs. Further down, the living, dining, and kitchen are accompanied by a large terrace, floor-to-ceiling windows creating a panoramic view of the sea. The bedrooms and tatami room are located on the lower level, concluding with a workshop at the lowest level.
The structure has a hybrid composition of steel construction and reinforced concrete. Steel was necessary in eliminating bulky columns and walls, creating lightness and multifunctionality to the villa. Further, the prefabrication of steel panel blocks immensely boosted the efficiency of construction.
- Shizuoka, JP
- Private residence
- 634 sqm
- RC + steel
- LEAD ARCHITECT
- Satoshi Okada
- Daikichi Homma, Lisa Tomiyama
- STRUCTURAL DESIGN:
- Hirokazu Toki + S3 Associates Inc.
- Mizusawa Komuten co., Takahashi Kogyo co.
- PHOTO CREDITS:
- Hiroshi Ueda
- Perspective Award (2011) HK
- Interior World Magazine 80, Seaside Living, Pure Luxury: World's Best Houses
- 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