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A Seaside Home for a Solo Vacationer

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


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

Mado no ie (Window House) (designed by Yoshimura Yasutaka, 2013) viewed from the beach to the west.

The kitchen/dining room is immediately inside on the first floor.

The second-floor living room is simply furnished.

There is a small sleeping area on the third floor.

The house has a great view of the sea.

Night falls around the unique structure.

This house was built beside the sea in Hayama, Kanagawa Prefecture, not far from Tokyo. It is a second home for an individual to spend some personal time. The owner hired the same architect who had previously designed a residence for his family.

The large windows on two facing walls are strikingly out of proportion with the small size of the building. This option was intended to consider nearby residents by maintaining the view of the sea through the new structure—surely an unexpected appearance on the thin strip of land—when the owner is away.

From the beginning, the house was conceived as a place for occasional quiet contemplation, rather than everyday living. It has an extremely simple design, yet special features make it a comfortable shelter. The windows use low-emissivity glass panes to block heat, while an air space between the outer wall and a layer of insulation boosts ventilation. Small windows on each wall can be opened to allow air to naturally circulate through the building, using the shape of the structure.

The house, which rests on concrete piles, occupies just 30 square meters of its lot. At ground level, there is a parking space. Inside, a hall with a stairwell is divided into three stories, which act as kitchen, living room, and bedroom. The owner comes here to be alone and enjoy the views of the sea and Mount Fuji.

© Jérémie Souteyrat

(Originally written in French by Véronique Hours, Fabien Mauduit, and Manuel Tardits, and published on October 23, 2018. Photographs by Jérémie Souteyrat. Banner photo: Mado no ie (Window House) (designed by Yoshimura Yasutaka, 2013) viewed from the east.)

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.

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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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