Water Cherry House Inspired by Traditional Japanese Architecture


The eight rooms of the 765 square-metre (8,235 sq.ft) house are all decidedly human in scale. There is nothing that is pretentious or showy.

Architects: Kengo Kuma
Area: 765 m² Year: 2017 Photographs: Frédéric Ducout
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The eight rooms of the 765 square-metre (8,235 sq.ft) house are all decidedly human in scale. There is nothing that is pretentious or showy. One of our favourite features of the residence is the traditional Japanese onsen (bath) so splendidly lacking in the cold tiling, marble and steel so prevalent in typical modern bathrooms.

Seemingly weightless slanted roofs cover the wooden pathways that connect the various rooms. This creates an overall tranquil environment in the compound that is both traditionally Japanese, yet unquestionably modern. Various light-coloured wood species, including ash, cedar and cypress, produce the subtle variety of the surfaces while the indirect light streaming through the wooden slats and rice-paper screens adds another layer of understated calm.

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