A House Awaiting Death by
EASTERN Design Office

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A House Awaiting Death by Eastern Design Office

This house on the outskirts of Ise, Japan is by architects EASTERN design office and has been raised on a concrete block to afford views of the sea.

A House Awaiting Death by Eastern Design Office

A House Awaiting Death is a concrete construction and sits 8.6 metres above sea level, looking east over a breakwater.

A House Awaiting Death by Eastern Design Office

The facade is is punctuated by a row of irregularly shaped windows, positioned higher or lower in the wall depending on where the client intends to sit and stand.

A House Awaiting Death by Eastern Design Office

The interior has wooden floors and ceilings, and is divided by a V-shaped partition.

A House Awaiting Death by Eastern Design Office

The internal walls are punctuated by slits that line up with external windows.

A House Awaiting Death by Eastern Design Office

Photographs are by Koichi Torimrua.

Here's some more from the architect:


“A house awaiting death,” the client said to us.

“I will die in 15 years. It will be a house awaiting that death. The building is fine as long as it lasts 15 years. Something small would be good.”

A House Awaiting Death by Eastern Design Office

“I have found the place.” A patch of land on a peninsula facing East. “I’m glad the land faces East. I hate the sunset.”

A House Awaiting Death by Eastern Design Office

“When I die it won’t be sunset, it will be sunrise. When the final moment comes, I will face the sea and depart on a ship flashing towards death. It’ll be a time revealed after death.”

A House Awaiting Death by Eastern Design Office

This is what the client ordered for his house. A view of the magnificent sea in the east where the sun rises.

A House Awaiting Death by Eastern Design Office

This is the land he chose to live out his final years. The portion of the sea we have captured encompasses the peninsula that appears on both sides of the site.

A House Awaiting Death by Eastern Design Office

A four-meter wide gravel and dirt road runs in front of the site. On the other side of the road is a park-golf course where several elderly neighbors enjoy their leisure time.

A House Awaiting Death by Eastern Design Office

There is a seashore behind the breakwater wall. If this were a standard house the sea would barely be visible from the site.

A House Awaiting Death by Eastern Design Office

The ebb and flow of the tide changes with the seasons and the time, but the distance from the site to the waves is generally about 150 meters.

A House Awaiting Death by Eastern Design Office

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The height of the floor is nearly 8.6 meters from the horizon and was chosen as the perfect height to view the waves from a sitting position.

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The client said to us, “The floor of this house must be raised, so you are the right architects to design such a house.”

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The coastline where the site is located is beyond the scope of this round map. This round map encompasses the area of our activity in Japan.

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This project takes us to a beach beyond sublime Suzuka mountain range, yonder past the ravines of the Ise Penninsula, and exceeds the boundaries of this circle!

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Early morning light streams through polygonal windows. With the overlapping windows and accumulation of light and shadow, the entire building erupts in a hymn to the morning.


See also:

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Mountains and Opening House
by EASTERN Design Office
Horizontal House by
EASTERN Design Office
Slit Court by
EASTERN Design Office
  • http://semicolonyum.blog.com Wei-Wei

    Perfect example of how architecture can be a moving, emotional art. I think that the story behind this project is so amazing.

  • joe

    it would have been nice if the materials displayed a sort of beautiful decay as well.

  • http://jamesrmcnally.com james

    I like everything, except for the pervasive sense of design for death, and of course, the horrible golf course view.

  • http://www.rebatesmoney.com/cashbackstores/ max at Rebate Money

    awesome design bit i feel a little bit cramped inside

  • tokyobling

    Depressing and beautiful.

  • Evan

    DId not notice any ceiling lights but I can see the house lighted up from the outside. wonder how the designer planned the lightings in the house. Depressing story but it made this place an emotional space of art.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=646079262 Jyanzi Kong

    the idea of death is so negative yet birth is so positive. for some, its the opposite. death is neither black nor white-just is.

  • Adrian

    what a bizzare client brief!

    For me that is such a weird way of thinking about a house. As something that needs to last a certain amount of time before its demise.

    A beautiful outcome all the same.

  • Carlos

    Why do some of the windows have rounded corners?