Takamatsu City is located in the center of Kagawa Prefecture. Surrounded by rich nature nurtured by the mild climate of the Seto Inland Sea, the city has continued to develop in recent years.
This building is a residential building with a store, located in the suburbs of Takamatsu City.

The building is composed of four materials: wood, steel, glass, and concrete. By maintaining a balance between these materials, the warmth of wood, the massiveness of steel, the transparency of glass, and the weight of concrete are brought out to their fullest extent.
The space enveloped by the quality of the materials is a space that brings out further "flavor" as a building, enveloping the antique furniture and accessories on display.

On the first floor, the dining room and kitchen are raised 1 m above the living room to create a space that is open to the surrounding environment and yet still allows for a sense of serenity. The living room has a 3.2-meter-high ceiling and a large opening due to the difference in level between the dining room and the kitchen, which is raised 1 meter. The ceiling, covered with muninga, a native African wood with a beautiful grain, connects the different levels of space into a single space, allowing for a sense of comfort wherever one is.
The space under the dining room and kitchen is not simply backfilled with concrete, but rather a semi-subterranean space that provides ventilation and moisture control, similar to a residence built on stilts.

The bedroom on the second floor is made of muninga for the ceiling and afzelia for the floor, both native to Mozambique, and the walls are finished with old wood. The walls are finished with old wood, creating a calm space surrounded only by natural materials such as wood. The old wood is also used for the south balcony wall, so that the balcony is not outside but part of the bedroom, creating a sense of spaciousness.
The balcony is a space where one can feel the natural environment of "inside but raining" right next to the house.

A building can provide comfort to its inhabitants by being close to nature. This is true not only for the trees outside, but also for the materials used inside.
We hope that the building will grow with its inhabitants, taking the various changes it shows as time goes by as new discoveries.


  • Completion 2015.05
  • Building site Takamatsu City, Kagawa
  • Principal use Houses with stores
  • Structure RC basement, steel framed 1st and 2nd floors
  • Floor area 78.62㎡
  • Photo Nacasa & Partners