Kengo Kuma: Water Cherry House

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‘water cherry house’ by kengo kuma, eastern japan
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located in a natural park at the top of a cliff overlooking the eastern coast, the ‘water cherry house’ by japanese firm kengo kuma reflects the intricate delicacy
of its pristine environment in the subtly decisive morphological moves of the structure. as shown in JA+U (Japan Architecture+Urbanism, the private
residence is composed of a series of gabled-roof units tied together by an exterior pathway that holds a strong relationship to a natural water feature.
extremely slender metal frames and walkways coupled with the near absence of primary structure creates the impression of flotation, emphasized by
the expansive glass envelope that mirrors the sky and trees as they disappear into the ocean’s horizon. thin wood planks define the underside of the
overhanging eaves and the exterior wrap-around terraces, interrupted by the tatami-proportioned single-volume interiors with retractable rice paper
walls and patterned ceilings.

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thin elements balanced by a glass-like water surface and stones
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living room on the top level
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wrap-around deck
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view over the lower structure and pools
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tea room
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retractable rice-paper and glass walls
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thin wood elements create a delicate texture
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shallow reflecting pools integrated into the land and structure
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bath embedded into the ground as all the water features
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