I-House – A Japanese Marvel in Contemporary Architecture
I-House is a different vision in contemporary designs created by a Japanese architect, Masahiko Sato of Architect Show. I-house is a residence having a character and ambiance of a different class. It sits on the terrains above Sasebo Bay in Nagasaki, Japan.
The residence captures and frames the surrounding views of the sea very artistically. The building has been oriented in a south-ward direction and is placed on the site carefully so as not to disturb the steep grounds. Keeping the landscape in harmony with the building, construction impacts is kept as low as possible on the site.
The main access into the residence is from the mountain facing end. The residents enter directly into the first floor whereas the ground floor serves as a terrace to enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding views.
There is an open-air canopy which extends from the main mass of the building serving as the carport for vehicles which has a clear striking view of the bay.Only the sea facing façade is open, having huge windows providing maximum views, while the other three elevations have minimal number of penetrations. Balconies and patios are provided to enjoy the panoramic views of the sea.