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Toda House by Kimihiko Okada

By Eric Meunier


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Japanese architect Kimihiko Okada has sent us photos of the Toda House project.

Lifted above the ground, this amazing 1,230 square foot contemporary home is located in Hiroshima, the largest city in the Chugoku region of western Honshu, the largest island of Japan.

Toda House by Kimihiko Okada:

“The site is located in a residential area developed on a gentle perch in Hiroshima, overlooking a far view of the Inland Sea and Miyajima. The land of this area is developed into platforms form with several levels. The architecture was requested to have a view over the roof of the neighboring house, standing one level lower, and to consider security, for the site is located at the edge of the residential area, and to leave some space for extension when the client opens a small shop in the future.

To respond to the requests, the house is lifted from the ground. Like a bird’s nest, it called up architecture’s primary function of relief from disturbance. The house is open to the view and yet protected from the fear and environment. Slab and roof consists of one continuous plate. The variations of circulation and diverse spatial relations were achieved by placing a penetrating staircase. The extended plate made possible the future extension and softened the impression from the ground level. Spandrel wall changes its height accordingly to the thickness of slab. Together with the slab, the spandrel wall creates the continuous but various environments.”

Ground Level


1st Floor


Second Floor


Photos by: Toshiyuki Yano
Source: Kimihiko Okada

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About Eric Meunier

Currently the Owner and Chief Executive of HODYO Design, Eric Meunier's expertise in the design industry spreads over 20 years. He was the driving force behind HomeDSGN's early success, founding this website in 2011. Today, he loves to channel his passion for design into remodeling houses and transforming interior spaces with his keen eye for detail and architectural finesse. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

2 thoughts on “Toda House by Kimihiko Okada”

    • out of the box design!…would like to see some of the construction details of this magnificent design. Thank you for sharing something really special. With compliments, eric


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