A design practice CASE-REAL, joined design forces with Tomoki Katada which resulted in a splendid design of a villa facing the Kagoshima Bay.
The house is situated in Kagoshima, on a Japanese island, which was created from elevated coral reefs, called Yoron. The one storey building is heading a view toward ocean, visible from the site. A design concept to incorporate this spectacular view into the house was a design idea and a inspiration for the architects from the very beginning. „Taking the view in consideration, within the low rise architectural volumes of the project the master bed room was kept on the ocean side to fulfill the given view, and rooms with other functions in face the land side.
The large un-even space between these two volumes function as the main space, which becomes the path of the seasonal winds”, the architects share their thoughts. To preserve the building form the negative influence of the winds and to ensure security to its habitants, the architects took design the mesh-like fixtures to the outer rims ,while taking an advantage of a traditional Okinawa construction material called the “Flower Block”. „By creating a fixture based on this basic module, a strong exterior image was created. With hammer toned reinforced concrete, and by using natural materials with distinct characteristics in the interior we aimed to create a place that blends into the local climate”, the design team summarizes.