Wind-dyed House

Lead Designer
ClientKazuhiko Kishimoto
Prize(s)3rd Place in Architecture Categories / New Residential Building
Entry Description

Glass and screens along the enclosed perimeter of the
house gives the second floor of this residence a certain
transparency. Slender, deep-set eaves cast deep shadows
on the façade of the building, softening the impact of the
building’s physical presence in relation to its environment.

The various components of the building were structured in
order to allow the inhabitants to enjoy a different view of
the outside on each level. The first floor features a stone
floor and concrete walls finished with plaster, while the
Japanese paper screens fitted inside the glass reflect the
shadows of plants and trees. The hard-edged surfaces and
finishes coexist with the soft, muted tones of the Japanese

The second storey, in contrast, features an open-plan
living space, the entirety of which can be opened up
towards the ocean. A series of wide eaves stand between
the outside of the house and the interior, which is
articulated into smaller sections by a row of pillars. Going
down the staircase-shaped terrace allows one to gradually
draw closer to the outdoor landscape. The section that
divides the two different elevations on this floor provides
seating throughout, functioning as a unique Japanese-style
verandah (engawa). A steel-reinforced concrete structure
was used for the second floor, and a Vierendeel bridge
structure allowed us to float a large, thin roof on top. The
pillars consist of square cylindrical poles (diameter 75mm)
made of pure iron arranged in a densely packed formation
using wooden modules (900–1800mm). By creating several
areas of low-level rigidity, we were able to do away with
the need for braces.


1968 Born in Tottori

1991 Graduated from Tokai University Architecture Department

1998 Established atelier cinqu

2006 Renamed acaa

Lecturer at Tokai University and Tokyo Designer Gakuin

I believe it is essential to draw on vernacular elements for details and design, yet to derive underlying architectural plans from a global perspective unaffected by trends. In particular, I feel it is important to model the ways in which the spatial framework will support people’s movements as they stand and sit in a space.
I strive to construct planar structures out of abstract spaces that are not disrupted by functional elements.