House S - "Samurai House"

House S between bamboo, pine and zelkova trees - photo © Daici Ano

Sitting in what was once a samurai residence is a very tranquil yet modern looking house known as the House S. This home was designed by a Japanese firm called Keiji Ashizawa Design. It is located in a quiet residential area in Tokyo amidst tall pine and zelkova trees. All the greenery surrounding the area paved the way for much of the house’s design. Pocket gardens were situated on each floor of the house, bringing in the greenery from its surroundings. The huge landscape that flank the surroundings provide shade and privacy as well.

the landscape provides shade and privacy

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design, photo © Daici Ano

The clients had a substantial collection of furniture and art so they wanted to make sure they would be able to merge the beautiful outdoor landscape with their collection.

House-S, “S” take client’s name and site name as it was created

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design, photo © Daici Ano

The structure of the house is complex but simple from the exterior.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design, photo © Daici Ano

Planning of the space had to be carefully considered to make sure light from outside, good airflow and the location for each artwork was incorporated.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design, photo © Daici Ano

Interiors are made with wood slats as accent for the ceiling, while walls remain mostly white. An interesting metal and wood staircase bring you to the succeeding floors.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design, photo © Daici Ano

The staircase starts off with stiff angles but eventually turns into a circular and winding piece as it takes you to the third level.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design, photo © Daici Ano

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design, photo © Daici Ano

 

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