The Water Cherry Villa by Kengo Kuma & Associates has been constructed on a volcanically formed coastline cliff, in a national park just outside of Tokyo. The abstraction of a modern architectural form has been integrated with traditional Japanese aesthetics. Soft materials like Japanese cedar, cypress, ash, paper and tatami mats have been employed to showcase the traditional style. In the interior spaces, there is an abundance of indirect light—another mainstay of Japanese design.
The 5300 square meter site was pristine, and the master architect intended to keep it that way—creating a home that would become part of the surreal landscape. The design concept see’s a number of individual units connected through exterior walkways, gardens and waterbodies that unite the structure, thereby creating the feeling of ‘floatation’—further emphasises by the sleek metal frames and use of mirrored glass.
Featuring eight main rooms, three guest rooms and one master bedroom, the villa also integrates a traditional Japanese ‘onsen’, as well as a study room—all connected in a design language that mimics an archipelago. Appealing to the auditory sense, a small waterfall contributes to the already lush soundscape provided by the surrounding nature.