Collection by David Rudin

This Modest Japanese Home is a Surfer's Paradise


A bright white home facilitates outdoor living within its walls.

How to create a home for a client who would rather be outdoors? In Fujisawa, Japan, Apollo Architects and Associates did just that, designing a home for a client who loves to surf. Located near the beach, the home includes a bathroom that can be accessed from outside, making it easy for the owner to clean up following a session. The house’s interior is replete with reminders of the great outdoors. Its U-shaped layout centers on a courtyard and a memorial tree. Generous windows provide the family with views outside the house and across the courtyard. These views are an ever present reminder that nature sits between where one is and where one wants to go.

The façade designed by Apollo Architects and Associates features an overhanging upper level, which ensures that the...
The home’s forms, which are masked by the cantilevered entrance, become apparent once one enters the central courtyard.
In the kitchen, black cabinetry and countertops from Swan Company offer a crisp counterpoint to the house’s white walls.
The table, chairs, and bench in the dining area all come from Actus.
The living room is situated across the courtyard from the kitchen and dining room.
The living room also opens onto a private terrace, concealed within the entrance’s cantilevered form.