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WATER CHERRY HOUSE

Japanese Design

Built on a volcanically formed coastline cliff just outside of Tokyo, this Kengo Kuma and Associates-designed property sits on 5,300 square metres of land within a national park. 

The architect strived to create abstract spaces ‘without breaking the framework of a traditional Japanese style’, according to Kuma. Describing the choices of traditional materials choices, the he says, ‘we adopted very soft materials like Japanese cedar, cypress, ash, Japanese paper and tatami mats as a way of keeping the building in the framework of the Japanese traditional style. In the interior spaces we filled it with soft indirect light, which is also a feature of a traditional Japanese building.’ 

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