The gorgeous Naruse House designed by Tokyo-based MDS studio features several natural materials that give warmth to its angular design. Clad using a traditional Japanese technique of charring cedar wood, called Yakisugi, the home was tailored to utilize as much space as possible on its unusual sloping plot.
The building’s gorgeous façade is made from charred cedar wood, which is weather- and decay-resistant. It was built on a sloping 230-square-meter site located at a junction between three roads in Tokyo’s Machida district. The galvanized steel roof and a windowless façade at the front of the house provide maximum privacy and is in line with the architects’ previous designs which also reinstated an optimal level of privacy. Organized around the edge of the house are the bedrooms, study, bathroom and a storage area.
Exterior flooring extends into the interior, echoing the slope of the site and demarcating different areas on the ground floor. Wood is also used in the interior-blackened cedar similar to that used on the exterior is chosen as lining material for the ceiling, while dark-stained oak was used for the flooring. Lighter oak and white walls act to contrast the darker wood and are also used for separating different spaces.
Images by Masao Nishikawa