Atelier Boronski, a Japanese architectural firm headed by a New Zealand-born architect educated in both countries, designed this sophisticated riverside villa located in Kyoto, Japan.

The home covers a total area of 230 square meters, and is situated in a quiet street that still enjoys the advantage of being close by to the city center. Surrounded by cafes, restaurants, and bakeries, and only a short walk away from the museum district, which is populated with temples and shrines, the location of this private residence could not be more optimal.

The owners, a well-traveled couple, sought to build a home that would be simple and easy to take care of, but that would still feel like home and encompass a bit of everything that they had loved about what they’d seen around the world.

The back of the home, overlooking the river, is made of glass walls, which allows for a comfortable lookout into the pleasant scenery.

Exterior facade with wood
Modern facade with wood

Inside, the home is made up of mostly three materials – wood, concrete, and black iron. Light-colored wood covers a portion of the floors as well as some of the ceiling; concrete is visible on the remaining floors, walls, and some of the ceiling. Finally, the black iron is used for the stair steps and railings, as well as for some exposed ceiling and wall beams which serve to add the otherwise minimalist and completely elegant space a touch of modern industrialism.

Living room with glass wall
Living room with glass wall
View of the living room from the stairs
Living room-dining room and kitchen with both floors and ceiling in wood
Kitchen with concrete mural and countertop
Dining room with wooden table
Modern metal staircase
Modern metal staircase
Modern metal staircase
Modern metal staircase
Modern metal staircase
Bedroom with glass wall
Bedroom with glass wall connecting to the bathroom
Bedroom with glass wall connecting to the bathroom
Modern bathroom with concrete countertop
Nocturnal view of the exterior
Nocturnal view of the exterior
Nocturnal view of the exterior
Nocturnal view of the exterior
Nocturnal view of the exterior
Nocturnal view of the exterior
Nocturnal view of the exterior