Parabola House by Atelier Tekuto


Parabola House is a new family home in Tokyo designed by Japanese architect Yasuhiro Yamashita of Atelier Tekuto.

Photographs by Makoto Yoshida.

The following information comes from the architects:


The site is located in a quiet residential area surrounded by nature. 6m in width and 27m in length, it is a long and narrow site, which has been constructed 3m above road-level so that on clear days, it enjoys views of Mount Fuji.

As the client’s family spends the most part of the day in the living room, this room has been situated on the top floor, which benefits from scenic views. In order to fully exploit the length of the site, a cantilever has been constructed on to the front of the building.

Minimal design and a parabolic ceiling on the top floor are the building’s distinctive features. Splashes of colour provide a contrast to the undulating white surroundings, giving rhythm to the space.

The flowing “three dimensional” ceiling, which dips and rises to varying levels of height, arouses contrasting feelings of “tension” and “release” and gives the room a sense of boundlessness.

Thus, even when observing the room from a fixed position, the fluctuating density invokes a sense of movement, which unconsciously guides the observer right through and beyond the room’s boundaries, as if following the flow of air, giving the impression of endless space.

It is normally the floor and the walls that delineate the boundaries of the interior space but in this case, it is the parabolic ceiling that defines its essence.

Above: first floor plan

Above: second floor plan


Posted on Monday February 11th 2008 at 9:11 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Arch

    The exterior doesn’t reflect the softness and hominess of the interiors. I guess this is the case of “Exterior follows Interioir.” Love that circular stair, it’s so sexy!

  • Mr Funk

    Wow, that’s just gorgeous, I love it.

  • fran

    Muy buena obra. Mis felicitaciones a los arquitectos.

  • This is beautiful!

  • bald skull

    looks slick! well done.

  • Ramón

    Visually stunning, and the spare furnishings enhance the structure.

  • pop


    amazing how some time small scale projects can be so much invigorating!!!

  • O

    Love the workings with the light. great contrasts

  • MZ

    This is a small wonder of space what they created with the light penetrating the otherwise closed side of the building. It is probably difficult to convince clients to build a full-glas facade facing a wall, but the only possibility to let natural light into the interior.

  • eyeontheworld

    A confident, accomplished and imposing use of space and light. Appearing stark in its external facade, it commands attention, offering little insight to its inner space. Its high apical design is somewhat reminiscent of Californian Stilt houses. Given the initial footprint, the perceived and actual increase of space is immense.
    Inspired calculated use of light, furniture placement and shadow create perceived zonal ideals. Reflection plays a critical part of the overall design project, utilising a surface colour other architects/ designer’s usually only use for contrast. Lighting, natural and artificial is strategically directed to emphasis the buildings characteristics of length, lightness and its complex design. Traditional Japanese colours are used modestly to duel effect, breaking and structuring space. Fixtures, sadly as necessities within the building gallery like appearance, are kept minimal.
    Personally, I am fast becoming an admirer of Atelier Tekuto, their uses of cubist design styles, concrete, glass and light is first-rate, though I can’t shake the feeling of a stylised art-deco influence.

  • wow… this house is amazing! Love the Moomin chairs in one of the rooms as well!


    i love how the bath-tub sits in the floor and having the ability to open the sliding door to the outdoors. where can i find these type of clients….

  • Jimmy

    Enjoy the simplicity of the language of the slip that allows for light and outside spaces: one strange aspect is the inauspicious entrance corridor that seems at odds with the otherwise spatial invention happening elsewhere.

  • charles


  • its amazing what they (japanese) do with space. Excellent photographs by the way

  • mvb

    Perfect! I wish i lived there!

  • liebekunst

    i love the bathroom!
    it is like going down.

  • fj-arch

    I’m looking and looking and I still can’t see the parabola in the ceiling. Time to buy a new monitor?

  • bolebole.arh

    Clean lines,beauty of minimalism,traditionally… one more time we are witnesses that Japanese architecture is One of the best in the World!

  • ovi

    i love Japanese!

  • Brilliant…..!


  • mirro

    this is bliss..
    God Bless:)

  • I love the simplicity of the intirior , so smooth , excelant work
    keep up the good work
    fareed Bahrain

  • As far as aesthetics are concerned, this is a remarkable specimen.. however, I wonder how a different surrounding environment will affect its interior living conditions an ambiance?

  • Quite gorgeous.. Love the simplicity!

  • fantastik proekt

  • Beautiful. Love this space and place. Thank you for posting.

  • Anon

    Just found this randomly on Google. Blew my mind.

  • prakasa

    its very cool!, little space with big idea!