‘Nowhere but Sajima’ by Japanese firm Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects, is a vacation residence located an hour distance from Tokyo in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It is a rare site situated adjacent to the ocean and Mount Fuji and Enoshima can be seen on the opposite shore. Constructed with reinforced concrete the three storey, 7,405 square foot (688 square meters) residence features windows of all different shapes and sizes. The side facing towards the ocean is the northern area, and a road with a row of condominiums and heavy traffic run by its side. While the large building aperture enables an open view to the ocean, it also draws all the attention from the road and condominiums. Several tubes are connected to form one room, and conversely, one tube is shared by two rooms. Via
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To provide adequate privacy without the use of curtains, narrow tube-shaped spaces were bundled together and angled to provide openings toward the sea.
The building juts out onto the Pacific Ocean, as if suspended over water.
The lounge and kitchen area.
Views looking out onto the ocean.
A sliding bookshelf provides privacy between rooms.
Opening directly onto the ocean, the living quarters on the ground floor flow across four of the tubes.
Sunlight passes through the circular hole on the third floor and seeps in softly between furniture and the ceiling, so there is no need to light any lamps during the daytime.
The bathroom overlooking the water.
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