Windowless concrete walls obscure the view from one side of this home designed by Shinichi Ogawa & Associates in the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa, while glazing and a cantilevering infinity pool make the most of sea vistas from the other.
The residence’;s street-facing northern facade is composed of 3 white boxes that have no openings, with only a palm tree acting as a focal point. Car parking is concealed by the 2 lower rectilinear volumes, which sit at different angles to eachother.
The other side of the property named Seaside House, looks towards the Pacific Ocean and features a terrace-cum-infinity pool, which cantilevers out over an operating railway track.
“The 2-storey house is built on the site of a great location where you can overlook the magnificent Pacific Ocean that continues from the Shichirigahama Coast,” said the architects.
“The facade from the north side is a minimal white box with no openings to the surrounding environment, but planted with a palm tree,” they continued. “On the south side terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it consists of a white volume that overhangs by a cantilever.”
A chunky twisting staircase dominates the double-height entrance hall to the home, which is illuminated by a large panel of warm-toned lighting overhead.
The rooms on the first floor are arranged in a linear format, with the guest room, bathroom and master bedroom running parallel to one another.
Each of the spaces have full-length glass windows that offer uninterrupted views onto the terrace, pool and sea beyond.
The second floor, which is one open-plan room, plays host to a living and dining area, as well as a kitchen. Direct access to the outdoor balcony is provided by a sliding glazed wall, which makes the most of the ocean view.
Other Japanese architects have taken a similar approach, using windowless facades to provide privacy or direct views away from one side a home.
MDS made a doorway the only opening for the front of a concrete family home in Tokyo, while Ryutaro Matsura hid dental patients by concealing the windows and patios of a clinic in Takashima with perforated metal screens.
Library House by Shinichi Ogawa & Associates