Ripple House by Kichi Architectural Design

This residence is located in Tsukuba-Mirai City, Ibaraki Prefecture, about an hour from Tokyo. The riverbank which the site of the house overlooks is among the prominent spots of Ibargi Prefecture, renowned for their cherry blossoms. In designing the house, great importance was attached to its relationship with the flowering trees.

The facade, which consists of three white outer walls, is suggestive of a triple ripple on the surface of the river. It is a house that enables its residents to live closely with the cherry trees, which manifest different expressions with Japan’s changing seasons. Based on the shape of the site, one that stretches in a narrow strip toward the cherry trees, the shape of the house was conceived as a U-shape so that each of its rooms would benefit fully from the light.

Photography by Ippei Shinzawa of Japan

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