Kidosaki Architects Studio sets residence on a hill in Japan
‘Nanjo Villa Monadnock’ from kidosaki architects studio is a Concrete residence perched on a hill in Japan with a wide view of the Pacific Ocean. the project includes a couple of terraces Houses which allow the customer to fully enjoy the rich natural environment and the wide panorama. on a peak that is higher than the surrounding hills, the building and its location can be reached via a ramp that cuts through a block of okinawan limestone. “The ramp creates an uplifting feeling, like being pulled into the open blue Okinawa sky,” notes Hirotaka Kidosaki, founder of the Japanese architecture firm. two exposed concrete walls, dynamically extending from northwest to southeast, frame the sky and the sea to create a vertical scene.all pictures from 45g photography © junji kojima
nanjo villa monadnock captures the view of the endless horizon
the location of ‘nanjo villa monadnock’ is on a small hill overlooking the pacific ocean in Nanjo City, with views that focus on the horizon that separates the sky from the sea. To the east is Kudaka, an island that has been sacred since ancient times. “The wide panorama allows us to enjoy the landscape all day, from sunrise over Kudaka to sunset in the western ocean.” says Hirotaka Kidosaki from Kidosaki Architects Studio about the area around the villa. With the exception of the adjoining property on the east side, all areas connected to the road are on a rock. The ramp ensures access on the west side, where the difference in height was minimal. the entrance to the building is conceived as a narrow composition without a view, so that it becomes the prelude to the interior, in which the view opens up to the horizon.
“Every moment of the endless horizon that runs between the sky and the sea of Okinawa and the landscape of Kudaka, the symbol and identity of the region, are captured in the architectural framework.” adds Kidosaki. “These landscapes will evolve and captivate the viewer with landscapes that no one has ever seen before.”
The floor plan of the villa captures the unobstructed view as well as possible. The intermediate area created by the deep eaves and the deck conveys a sense of continuity and rhythm, and the panoramic, painting-like landscape underlines the vastness of the space. as a Framing device that makes the vast and wild nature an impressive spectacle. “The design seeks to realize the unique features of the site both on the plan and in three dimensions through the expansive arrangement of the flying geese and circumferential buttress, while at the same time creating a house that responds to and integrates with the surroundings. “ concludes the founder of the studio.
The villa offers expansive views of the Pacific
The building is accessed by a ramp that cuts through a block of Okinawa limestone
the ramp ensures access on the west side, where the difference in height was minimal