Kubota Architect Atelier recently designed a property in the Japanese city of Shunan, located less than a kilometer from the Seto Inland Sea.
Comprised of three L-shaped structures with wafer-thin edges which wrap around concrete and glass walls, each section is tapered so that supporting edifices appear narrow enough to evoke an illusion that the building is barely touching the ground. Solid concrete slabs slotted between white planes form impenetrable facades that provide noise cancellation and privacy.
A metal step protruding from the raised edge of one of the tapered surfaces aligns with a gap in the concrete wall that leads into the house. Inside, sliding doors allow the living area to be completely opened up to the outdoors on the terrace side, while a concrete-lined staircase leads up to a guest room occupying a large landing.
How’s that for a bit of architecture porn?