Three white walls front Ripple house
by Kichi Architectural Design

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The three-layered facade of this riverside house in Tsukubamirai, Japan, was intended by local studio Kichi Architectural Design to reference rippling water (+ slideshow).

Three white walls front Ripple house by Kichi Architectural Design

Named Ripple, the three-storey family home has a blank white facade comprising three windowless walls,  which incrementally increase in size. Once conceals a balcony, while another screens the house's entrance.

Three white walls front Ripple house by Kichi Architectural Design

"The facade which consists of three white outer walls, is suggestive of triple ripples on the surface of the river," said Naoyuki Kikkawa, architect and co-founder of Kichi Architectural Design.

Three white walls front Ripple house by Kichi Architectural Design

The house is set back from the nearby river and is surrounded by cherry blossom trees, which the architect says are typical of this area.

Three white walls front Ripple house by Kichi Architectural Design

"It is a house that enables its residents to live closely with the cherry trees which manifest all kinds of expressions with the changing of the seasons in Japan," he said.

Three white walls front Ripple house by Kichi Architectural Design

The house has a long and narrow plan, with a semi-enclosed courtyard at its centre and a sheltered patio at the back.

Three white walls front Ripple house by Kichi Architectural Design

Unlike the austere street facade, the rear elevation is fully glazed to bring light into the building and offer residents views out towards the river.

Three white walls front Ripple house by Kichi Architectural Design

"Based on the shape of the site, one that stretches in a narrow strip toward the cherry trees, I conceived the shape of the house, a U-shaped one, so that every one of its rooms would fully benefit from the light," said Kikkawa.

Three white walls front Ripple house by Kichi Architectural Design

The house's living, dining and kitchen areas occupy one room at the rear of the house. A void in the floorplate overhead creates a double-height space along one edge, while the sheltered patio provides an outdoor dining area.

Three white walls front Ripple house by Kichi Architectural Design

A lightweight steel staircase leads up to bedrooms and bathrooms on the first floor, then continues up to one of two lofts on the level above.

Three white walls front Ripple house by Kichi Architectural Design

The second loft sits above the children's bedroom at the front of the house and can be accessed via a pair two ladders. Glass doors also open the space out to the balcony in front.

Three white walls front Ripple house by Kichi Architectural Design

Kichi Architectural Design is led by Naoyuki Kikkawa and partner Manami Kikkawa. The studio also recently completed the cube-shaped House of Kubogaoka and a converted farmyard barn named Scandinavian Middle.

Three white walls front Ripple house by Kichi Architectural Design

Photography is by Ippei Shinzawa.

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  • hence

    That neighbor must be thrilled.

    • mitate

      The Japanese live cheek by jowl, with far more give and take than Westerners are used to.

  • mitate

    Oh to live in such a house, surrounded by such amazing quality of finish. Absolute perfection. Is there a British builder who even aspires to that level?