House in Matsuyama by Suppose Design Office



Another project by recent Dezeen regulars Suppose Design Office: this time a house in Matsuyama, Japan, designed to offer a view of the surrounding scenery from every room.


Walls integral to the structure of the building have been scattered across the floor-plan, opening various clear views through the structure while maintaining the building's required earthquake resistance.


The toilet can be hidden from view by a curtain attached to a rail in the ceiling (see readers' concerns in our previous story).


See more Dezeen stories about Suppose Design Office:

House in Nagoya
House in Saijo

House in Jigozen
House in Sakuragawa
House in Kamakura


Here's some text from Suppose:


House in Matsuyama

This Matsuyama home was designed for enjoying the view. In the usual way of thinking, there are rooms with a good view and rooms without.


By spacing out structurally necessary walls we've created a design where a good view can be had from anywhere, but that still possess earthquake resistant elements


This also allows for larger openings, which were difficult with wood frame houses


This design allows for the viewing of many different scenes, moving beyond the concept of background and foreground scenery, and bringing everything into the foreground. This is type of home we aimed to build.


Posted on Friday July 24th 2009 at 12:03 am by Brad Turner. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Gorgeous! beautiful lines

  • Bozo

    Nice except for that timber floor and ceiling.

  • charles

    it just seems like exposed bathroom and pure white geometric rooms with angled walls are the “it” thing in Japanese architecture.
    Have seen it through SANAA and Kumiko Inui, and many many others… to the point where I am wondering if its a cultural thing…

  • freedom

    japanese make the best, sexiest staircases. you can’t top them


    love the view from the toilet
    i need to get me one of those

  • scruces

    WOW. Amazing.

  • Best view is of the toilet.

    I am not fond of the weight of the dark ceiling. Nor am I fond of the lousy circulation or function of the open lower room. The view is great, could have been a more interesting scheme. I suppose I understand the sheer wall configuration more as a wood framed house. I can think of many other interesting arrangements that would better suit an interior layout.

  • GiantD

    Damn! Why do the Japanese love to watch each other defecate? I am reminded here of the words of one of architecture’s great visionaries, “One small poo for man one giant turd for mankind!” – Brad Cloepfil

    Great project though RE: issues of perceptual layering vis a vis the turd and toilet!!!

  • bla bla

    Don’t you read the text ??? “The toilet can be hidden from view by a curtain attached to a rail in the ceiling (see readers’ concerns in our previous story).”

  • Kong

    These guys have a visual perception of wood that is unlike the rest of the world. To me the combination of woods in all their projects is killing the projects qualitis, i cant look at it.

  • rodger

    nice to look at, what a bitch to live in.
    there is not one habitable space in this project.
    i have never seen a formal logic overwhelm living requirements so totally.
    this is a space to move through. it should be an art gallery. not a home.

    japanese at their freaky best.

  • shunuts

    “The toilet can be hidden from view by a curtain attached to a rail in the ceiling (see readers’ concerns in our previous story).”

    Then why make it see through in the fist place? Makes no sense.

  • Dave

    I know we love museums, but we don’t need to design our homes to look like them. Everything carries too much weight. I can appreciate defining the floor and ceiling, however this punches you in the face.

  • Bruce

    I don’t understand the comments in most of the posts above; this is another stunning residence from SDO. An individual responce to the site, simply defined details, exceptional use of daylight and views, a limited and harmonious palette of materials… is a beautiful, small solution to provide stimulating shelter.

    I find their work a continual source of inspiration.

  • JapanObsess

    Beautiful sexy looking house, but the layouts are so unusual from our “standard” box rooms, I can imagine it would take me a while before I’d feel comfortable living there…
    well, I suppose thats what you’d call ‘breaking the rules’ right? ^ ^

    love the photo with the see-through bathroom!:)

  • Gunnar Á.

    I love it!!
    Gives an extended view.
    I’m a bit concerned though about the view when the furniture move in.
    Don’t like the suber-white upper floor.