Project Description

House on Ikema Island

Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

2016

Perched on the edge of a cliff on Japan’s remote Ikema Island, this house provides a meditative retreat with expansive views of the East China Sea. To maximize water views and to manage privacy, the structure is divided into two levels: on ground level, a faceted concrete base houses the client’s entry, a carport, and mechanical spaces, while an upper level arrays living spaces—two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining area, a living room, and two tatami rooms—throughout a rectangular concrete volume. The interiors blend contemporary and traditional Japanese elements, including shoji screens, wood paneling, and tatami mats.

Publications

Griffiths, Alyn. “1100 Architect elevates concrete house above a bluff on a tiny Japanese island.” Dezeen, November 28 2016.

Thorpe, Harriet. “Cliff Hanger: A Japanese House Combines Modernism and Tradition.” Wallpaper*, November 2016.

PHOTOGRAPHY © SHINICHI SATO

House on Ikema Island

Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

2016

Perched on the edge of a cliff on Japan’s remote Ikema Island, this house provides a meditative retreat with expansive views of the East China Sea. To maximize water views and to manage privacy, the structure is divided into two levels: on ground level, a faceted concrete base houses the client’s entry, a carport, and mechanical spaces, while an upper level arrays living spaces—two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining area, a living room, and two tatami rooms—throughout a rectangular concrete volume. The interiors blend contemporary and traditional Japanese elements, including shoji screens, wood paneling, and tatami mats.

Publications

Griffiths, Alyn. “1100 Architect elevates concrete house above a bluff on a tiny Japanese island.” Dezeen, November 28 2016.

Thorpe, Harriet. “Cliff Hanger: A Japanese House Combines Modernism and Tradition.” Wallpaper*, November 2016.

PHOTOGRAPHY © SHINICHI SATO