vast openings expose window house by yasutaka yoshimura
all images courtesy of yasutaka yoshimura architects
existing on a compact strip of land between the ocean and the passing street, yasutaka yoshimura architects has designed a small-scale residence in kanagawa, japan. ‘window house’ is a weekend refuge offering expansive views of mount fuji and across sagami bay.
the three-storey dwelling is defined by large openings on both sides of the property, allowing daylight to pervade the structure. the windows also permits sight-lines through the design, ensuring that the building does not block the views and light requirements of proximate buildings. due to its waterside location, the structure is perched on piloti – protecting its inhabitants from flooding. a cantilevered stairway draws one inside the home’s living quarters where efficiently programmed volumes are flooded with daylight, offering panoramic vistas across the region’s coastline.