Onjuku is a well-liked seaside resort and fishing city on Chiba’s Pacific coast, about an hour and a half by practice from Tokyo. The seashore home is sited behind a bluff, 300 meters from Onjuku’s well-known white sand seashore. Constructed for a world couple—the husband is a lifelong surfer—who reside and work in Tokyo, this weekend getaway might develop into a everlasting residence as soon as they attain retirement.
The house’s hid entrance is served by a Japanese genkan, separating the house correct from a constructed-in shed for stashing surfboards and bicycles. This tunnel-like outer porch connects the gated rear entryway and the picket deck which includes a constructed-in seat and planter. Timber shutters slide throughout your complete southern eave, securely locking-down the house to guard it from the seasonal typhoons.
From the street, the house maintains an deliberately low profile. Its austere stained tongue and groove cladding is sourced from native Japanese cedar. Coming back from the seashore, a personal outside bathe leads instantly into the tiled toilet. An intimate backyard supplies the tranquil backdrop to the sunken bathtub.
The house’s darkish exterior pores and skin contrasts with its mild and ethereal inside. The double-peak dwelling area is occupied by a spruce-clad field that helps a loft area above and accommodates the main bedroom, WC, and toilet under. Cautious detailing has included the staircase and doorways that shut flush to hide these personal rooms.
Sitting on the constructed-in desk upstairs, one can gaze out the ocean for inspiration. The shallow pitched roof is accessible by way of a ladder extending into a big pivoting skylight. Because the residence is meant for informal entertaining, the loft areas and a timber-lined decrease research double as occasional visitor rooms.
The house is based on passive design rules. Beneficiant south-oriented glazing is shaded by a beneficiant eave in summer time. Cross air flow captures cool sea breezes. Slotted perforations milled into the picket balustrade promote air circulation and cleanly conceal mechanical air con models. In winter, the wooden-burning range supplies renewable warmth power.