呉・内神の家 Kure, House of Uchigami

Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Kure is a critical city with a mild climate facing the Seto Inland Sea. There are few flat areas, and the urban area is divided and scattered by mountain massifs extending out to the sea. 
The city is also famous for the YAMATO MUSEUM, which opened in 2005. The scenery of the Seto Inland Sea with the Akinada Islands is beautiful, and the fusion of the rugged port scenery and delicate natural beauty is very attractive.

This house was built for the exclusive use of the couple on a hill from which they can enjoy a luxurious view of this scenery. The couple was attracted to this site because of its panoramic view of the city. They did not require a large living area for the building, but wanted to be particular about the materials used in the exterior and interior, so we carefully planned the house accordingly. The site is unobstructed on all sides, so the exterior of the building stands out even from a distance. The site is reached after climbing a narrow hill, so the appearance of the building in view should be impressive from any distance. Therefore, we were conscious of a style that would blend in with the landscape while also demonstrating a strong sense of individuality.

Therefore, we were conscious of a style that would blend in with the landscape, yet still exhibit a certain individuality.The changing time from sunrise to sunset, the day's weather, and the angle from which the viewer looks at the house.I came up with the idea of "cutting out the surface" when I thought of a design that would have a taste just by looking at the external changes that surround the house in its daily life.

I came up with the idea of "cutting out the surfaces," which is to remove unnecessary parts from the square box. It is a "subtractive idea. In some cases, the concept of subtraction is effective in satisfying the comfort of living and enhancing its effects. Based on this concept, we proceeded with the design while maintaining a balance between the outside and the inside of the building.
For the exterior walls, natural stone was selected for its rustic appearance. The roof and walls are finished with the same material, aiming for a somewhat rustic charm while demonstrating a certain individuality. The interior design follows the same intent as the exterior. As soon as one enters the entranceway, one's field of view opens up to the sky, giving a sense of spaciousness to the clean and clear living rooms.

The sky peeking through the ceiling is interpreted as a "point" in a sense, while the landscape beyond the living room window is interpreted as a "plane" because the field of view expands at once. I wanted to utilize the effect of the point and the surface for the line-of-sight effect. The interior of the room is generally kept clear, with the point of interest being the scenery outside the window.
The staircase to the second floor is a spiral staircase for effective use of space and spatial contrast. A shoe closet was placed next to the entrance to serve not only as storage, but also as a small room for hobbies.

The interior walls are finished with a natural look of the wallpaper and are designed to harmonize with the furniture. The sofa in the living room is the place where the true pleasure of living in this house can be maximized. The sky, the sea, and the port town of Kure are just beyond your relaxed posture. The wooden sash acts as a picture frame, and the landscape in front of you is like your own special painting. The luxurious bathroom arrangement and deck space, made possible by the blessed site, further raise the level of relaxation. 

Now that life in their new home has begun, the couple must be thoroughly enjoying living here. Our job is to express the ideal of how we want to live in a house by "building" it. We go through various trial and error processes, including thinking about the future of the building during the construction process. For us, this is the "real thrill of building a house," and we feel happy if we can share this feeling with our clients.


  • Completion 2012.12
  • Building site Kure, Hiroshima
  • Principal use private residence
  • Structure Wooden 2 stories
  • Floor area 112.15㎡
  • Photo Nacasa & Partners


  • Private Architecture
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