T3 House by CUBO design architect

A comforting Japanese aesthetic

Project Specs


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This house was designed for an international couple based in Japan, France, and the United States – a French artist and his Japanese wife – who are keenly interested in the aesthetic of Japanese gardens, as well as Japanese culture and architecture.

▼住宅外观,exterior view ©Koichi Torimura


The house is nestled quietly atop a hill in the historic Japanese city of Kamakura, a wonderfully scenic location overlooking the Shonan coastline, with distant views of Japan’s iconic peak of Mount Fuji.

▼鸟瞰,aerial view ©Koichi Torimura


The clients, who first became interested in Japanese culture through the traditional tea ceremony, have for a long time cultivated a growing interest in Japanese gardens. Having finally decided to settle permanently in Japan, they intend the house to be a place for them to live out their dream. In addition to their own domestic comfort, it was important for them that the house be equipped to host guests from overseas as a guesthouse that will also provide an architectural feast for the eyes.

▼庭院视角,view from the garden ©Koichi Torimura


In response to the clients’ requests, we identified the following architectural themes:
To incorporate the symbolic beauty of the surrounding nature and available lines of sight into the architecture so that the structure is in harmony with the site
To adopt a modern Japanese style while simultaneously incorporating traditional methods, practices, and materials
To enable guests to experience a comforting Japanese aesthetic through architecture

▼内部视野,view to the landscape ©Koichi Torimura

▼餐厅,dining area ©Koichi Torimura


The façade is designed so as to be completely closed off from the street side by a concrete wall, emphasizing privacy, while the rest of the house opens out as much as possible on the surrounding scenic landscape. The architectural layout and open-close study make it possible to block distracting structures from field of view, drawing exclusive focus on the majestic nature and wonderful scenery.

▼街道立面,street facade ©Koichi Torimura

▼楼梯和入口,stairs and entrance ©Koichi Torimura

▼入口休闲空间,seating area at the entrance ©Koichi Torimura


A celebrated hallmark of Japanese sukiya architecture is the beauty of continuous eaves, which marry design with function to protect from rain and direct sunlight. We adapted the traditional design of continuous eaves in a modern way, maintaining their sharp, delicate beauty while boldly adopting new materials such as steel plate in their structure and finish.

▼屋顶视角,rooftop view ©Koichi Torimura

▼传统的屋檐设计通过现代的方式得到诠释, the traditional design of continuous eaves was adapted in a modern way ©Koichi Torimura

▼户外平台,outdoor terrace ©Koichi Torimura

▼屋顶夜景,roof night view ©Koichi Torimura


Drawing on the inherent potential of these materials highlights the strength and delicacy of Japanese architectural design. The use of industrial finishes and plastics characteristic of recent houses has been minimized, with priority instead being given to the coordinated use of traditional Japanese building materials (including granite, Japanese paper, black plaster, wood lattice, and louvers) as a means of showcasing Japanese features and communicating a Japanese aesthetic to foreign visitors.

▼室内优先使用了日本传统的建筑材料,a priority was given to the coordinated use of traditional Japanese building materials ©Koichi Torimura

▼朝向庭院的卧室,bedroom facing the garden ©Koichi Torimura

▼采用现代日本风格的同时融合传统的技术、方法和材料,adopting a modern Japanese style while simultaneously incorporating traditional methods, practices, and materials  ©Koichi Torimura

▼设计将周围的自然环境和标志性的美景引入建筑,the symbolic beauty of the surrounding nature and available lines of sight was incorporated into the architecture©Koichi Torimura


We hope this hybrid of modern and traditional Japanese design will integrate seamlessly with the surrounding nature and facilitate deep and meaningful exchanges with visitors.

▼和室与户外环境充分交融,the Japanese room integrated seamlessly with the surrounding nature ©Koichi Torimura

▼从和室望向庭院,view to the garden form the the Japanese room ©Koichi Torimura

▼庭院景观,garden landscape ©Koichi Torimura

▼首层平面图,ground floor plan ©CUBO

▼剖面图,section ©CUBO

Architect Information
Company name : CUBO design architect
E-mail : cubo@cubod.com
URL : www.cubod.com
Credit Information
Architecture : Hitoshi Saruta/ CUBO design architect
Photography : Koichi Torimura
Project Outline
Location : Kanagawa, Japan
Date of Completion : September, 2019
Principal Use : Residence
Structure : RC
Site Area : 702.61m2
Total Floor Area : 506.78 m2 (67.12m2/BF, 265.43m2/1F, 174.23m2/2F)
Material Information
Exterior : RC
Floor : Wood flooring (oak and teak), Slate,
Carpet, Tile, Japanese tatami
Wall : Plaster, Paint, Tile
Ceiling : Wood, Paint

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