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The Sea at Kamakura

Jérémie Souteyrat [Profile]/Véronique Hours [Profile]/Fabien Mauduit [Profile]/Manuel Tardits [Profile]


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.

The living room of Zaimokuza no ie (House at Zaimokuza) (designed by Yanagisawa Jun, 2012).

The dining room also has space to play.

Light refreshment in the kitchen.

Lounging around in the first floor washitsu.

Looking out over Kamakura from the second-floor terrace.

The view from the street.

A view of the house from the northwest.

The architect of this house decided to build it on the site of his parents’ residence, which overlooks the sea in the district of Zaimokuza in Kamakura. After his father died, his mother found it difficult to live alone in the home they had shared for so long together. He thought that constructing a new house would allow her to move forward, and decided to move in with his wife and daughter.

The site is located beside a road cut out of the slope of a hill. This influenced the architect to place the bedrooms on the first floor, with the living room above. There is also a wide-open area on the first floor. Many children walk past on the road behind the house to and from the local junior high school, and the architect did not want to block their view of the sea. His consideration of the land and surrounding environment at the planning stage allows both residents and passers-by to enjoy the seaside scenery.

The light and views vary in different parts of the house, and residents can use the rooms for different purposes through the seasons. The upper floor is well insulated, so is like a warm, wooden burrow in winter. Meanwhile, as the first floor is ventilated and cool, it is perfect for summer.

© Fabien Mauduit & Véronique Hours

(Originally written in French by Véronique Hours, Fabien Mauduit, and Manuel Tardits, and published on August 7, 2018. Photographs by Jérémie Souteyrat. Banner photo: A view of Zaimokuza no ie, (House at Zaimokuza) [designed by Yanagisawa Jun, 2012], from the northwest.)

This series is based on a project called L’Archipel de la Maison (Japan, Archipelago of Houses), initiated by Jérémie Souteyrat and the French architects Véronique Hours, Fabien Mauduit, and Manuel Tardits. An exhibition was held in various locations in Europe in 2014 and in Tokyo in 2017. Exhibition catalogs are available in French from Le Lézard noir and in Japanese from Kajima Publishing.

  • [2018.09.20]

Photographer. Born in France in 1979. Graduated from university in engineering in 2001. In 2009 moved to Tokyo, where he now works as a professional photographer. Has done work for various magazines and newspapers, including Le Monde, Elle, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Der Spiegel. Published his first photo collection Tokyo no ie (Tokyo Houses) in France in 2017, and Japan in 2017.


Architect. Born in Montreal, Canada. Now lives in southern France. In 2008, she cofounded the A. P. Arts collective, promoting interdisciplinary creativity in the fields of architecture, landscapes, and art. In 2013, she traveled around Japan researching unique houses. In 2016, she published Chile: Architectural Guide with Mauduit.

Architect. Lives in Nice. Cofounder of the A. P. Arts collective. Works on various projects while studying modern architecture. Published Chile: Architectural Guide in 2016 with Hours.

French architect based in Tokyo. Professor of architecture at Meiji University and ICS College of Arts and cofounder of Mikan, an architecture office based in Yokohama. Has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions including Archilab 2006: Nest in the City and Tokyo 2050/12 Visions for the Metropolis for the International Union of Architects 2011 Tokyo Conference. Works include Ie no kioku (The House’s Memory), Posuto ofisu: Wākusupēsu kaizō keikaku (Post Office: A Workspace Conversion Plan), Danchi saisei keikaku: Mikan-gumi no rinobēshon katarogu (Save the Danchi: Mass Estates, A Project of the Future), and Tokyo Dansō (Tokyo: Portraits and Fictions).

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