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Step into Homes Built by Architects

When thinking of houses designed by architects, many imagine an unusual exterior. These creators, however, also apply their talents to the inside. This series of photographs by Jérémie Souteyrat presents examples of stylish twenty-first century architecture and the people who live in them.

A Seaside Home for a Solo VacationerJérémie Souteyrat /Véronique Hours /Fabien Mauduit /Manuel Tardits

The last in this series of houses designed by architects focuses on a unique seaside second home for a single resident.

Squeezing In Beside a ShrineJérémie Souteyrat /Véronique Hours /Fabien Mauduit /Manuel Tardits

A distinctively shaped house on a thin piece of land beside a shrine catches the eye in a Kyoto suburb.

The Sea at KamakuraJérémie Souteyrat /Véronique Hours /Fabien Mauduit /Manuel Tardits

When his father passed away, the architect of this Kamakura house wanted to preserve the view of the sea his parents’ residence had enjoyed, while allowing passers-by to enjoy it too.

A Terrace House for a Tokyo FamilyJérémie Souteyrat /Véronique Hours /Fabien Mauduit /Manuel Tardits

Consideration for the surrounding environment is an important aspect of architectural design. In this Tokyo home, the architects wanted to make the most of the greenery of a nearby park, while maintaining privacy for the household.

A Room with a View of Rice FieldsJérémie Souteyrat /Véronique Hours /Fabien Mauduit /Manuel Tardits

Although a reasonable commute takes the father in this family to his big-city job in Tokyo, when he comes home he can relax looking out over rice fields in this Bōsō Peninsula home.

A House Where Light and Shadow PlayJérémie Souteyrat /Véronique Hours /Fabien Mauduit /Manuel Tardits

Lattice flooring that doubles as a ceiling in this house lets through light and air, creating a sense of connection between the upper and lower stories.

A Home of Hidden Warmth and LightJérémie Souteyrat /Véronique Hours /Fabien Mauduit /Manuel Tardits

This home is like a person who seems standoffish, but conceals a genuine friendliness. Within the cocoon of these walls, the family can stay in tune with the movement of the sun through ample slatted blinds that let the light in.

The Dining Room in the SkyJérémie Souteyrat /Véronique Hours /Fabien Mauduit /Manuel Tardits

The simple design of this house resembles one wooden box laid on top of another at right angles. This distinctive shape allows for a direct connection to nature.

A Home that Hibernates Through WinterJérémie Souteyrat /Véronique Hours /Fabien Mauduit /Manuel Tardits

Repository is a home built to withstand the cold of a Hokkaidō winter as well as the sometimes intense heat of its summer. Architect Igarashi Jun’s design is surprisingly bright and open, letting in seasonal sounds and fragrances through much of the year.

A House Open to the ElementsJérémie Souteyrat /Véronique Hours /Fabien Mauduit /Manuel Tardits

Architect couple Kamo Kiwako and Manuel Tardits built their own home in Tokyo as an experiment. They prioritized not everyday comfort, but rather what they could learn by trying to link concrete and nature together.

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