photo Toshiyuki YANO (Nacasa & Partners Inc.,)
Garden and Sea
Rectangular site with the short side facing the ocean and it slopes down to the sea with a height difference of about 2 meters. The building is placed in the center of the site with a wedge-shaped plan that widens at the end toward the sea.
The first floor was planned as a place to enjoy the garden, separated from the sea. In the semi-basement space, the slope of the ground is directly reflected in the shape of the openings, as all the perimeter facing the garden are openings. The garden was considered as an extension of interior due to white gravel and the effect of being surrounded by a wall. The relationship with the ground surface changes depending on where you are and where you move.
On the second floor, the pulled view from the sea can be experienced in a variety of ways inside the building. Both ends of the longitudinal direction of the building are open, and the interior partition walls are made of glass. The location of the sea and the location on the other side of the building can be seen, and the sea can be seen and felt from any location. The glass, which needs to be shielded, sandwiched liquid crystal sheets that can be instantly switched between transparent and opaque, so that the connection with the sea is not lost.
The building is clearly divided into two floors, the first floor to enjoy the garden and the second floor to enjoy the sea, so that visitors can spend an extraordinary time as a vacation home by going back and forth between them.