This striking concrete house extends from a cliff above a river in Japan, providing spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. The two-floor green-roofed structure, designed by architecture firm Planet Creations, establishes a delicate balance between rugged and warm materials, with raw wood contrasting against stark concrete walls.
The villa is located in Tenkawa village, and it cantilevers over the Tenokawa River, 56 feet below. It’s built into flat bedrock, and the layout is split along the length of the structure. A bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom occupy one side, while the master bedroom, living room and deck area occupy the other.
The steep slope dictated the design of the house and constrained the flatland space to only 64 square feet – enough to accommodate two cars and not much else. In order to ensure structural stability, the architect decided to “submerge the building near the rock so as to melt into this surrounding environment.”
Photos by Masato Sekiya