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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Beach House in Shima, Japan by Yamamori Architect & Associates

January 7th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Yamamori Architect & Associates

When I first visited this site, I thought the key issues for this project were how to intertwine, dissolve, cut and take in elements of this natural environment, such as ocean, greenery, sky and wind. This site is located in a secluded bay on a ria coast where fishing and other boats come and from where the ocean can be viewed. The contrast of ocean and greenery is beautiful and a building was required for the client who will visit here sometimes to enjoy this place. There is a small road between the site and the ocean. Even though it is hardly used, I had to consider the lines of sight from outside and inside.

Facade at night (Image Courtesy Kei Sugino)

  • Architects: Yamamori Architect & Associates / Takashi Yamamori
  • Project: Beach House
  • Location: Shima-city Mie prefecture, Japan
  • Principal use : Private house
  • Site area : 287.34 m2
  • Building area : 79.36 m2
  • Total floor area : 121.03 m2
  • Structural system : Reinforced Concrete
  • Number of stories : 2 stories
  • Major materials : exposed concrete , COR-TEN steel plate , Japanese cypress flooring
  • Design period : June,2008 – November,2009
  • Constraction period: March,2010 – December,2010
  • Photo credits : Kei Sugino

Facade at night (Image Courtesy Kei Sugino)

The differences in height between the ground, the building and the interior spaces are a significant component of this design. I elevated the floor to keep a subtle distance from the ground, to create a different world and to express a feeling of floating. This strategy also accommodates the occasional exceptionally high tides peculiar to this area and avoids any direct lines of sight from the road. The wing-like eave introduces an aerodynamic element appropriate in this high-wind area. It gives a lightness to the architecture and it frames the view in the Japanese tradition of “borrowed scenery”.

Facade daytime (Image Courtesy Kei Sugino)

In section this house consists of four layers. It is mostly a single volume with different floor heights and each level is connected with gentle stairs. The view lines vary from each of these different heights and the scenery of outside and inside changes. These contrasts generate a dynamic interior space. This house is like a viewing device to overlook the ocean. It has a continuity from inside and outside, bringing the scenery inside, and blending into this natural coastal environment beautifully. I aimed to pursue a simple modern beauty where an abstract spiritual figure, and a calm and balanced figure collide.

Facade daytime (Image Courtesy Kei Sugino)

When I sat down at the terrace one day, I saw a full moon on the horizon. The moon projected onto the sea surface and wrapped the scenery from the “Moon viewing deck” of Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto.

Interior view (Image Courtesy Kei Sugino)

Interior view (Image Courtesy Kei Sugino)

Interior view (Image Courtesy Kei Sugino)

Interior view (Image Courtesy Kei Sugino)

Look up form the sea (Image Courtesy Kei Sugino)

Overlooking the sea (Image Courtesy Kei Sugino)

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