Nichinichi Townhouse is a 100 year old townhouse turned into a minimalistic yet luxurious residence just on the east side of the Imperial Palace in the historical centre of Kyoto.
How would you describe Isshiki Retreat in a nutshell?
In the calm seaside town just outside Tokyo city, Isshiki Retreat quietly sits a few steps away from the ocean. We designed and built the beach house in 2011 as a getaway from the bustle of city life. Being in an intimate beach town, the design emphasizes the relationship between humans and nature and maximizes the opportunities to enjoy outdoor living.
What was your inspiration to create Isshiki Retreat?
The inspiration came from the nearby ocean (water), the beach (sand), and the green landscape (trees). The forms of the house were derived from the expression of the Japanese locality and an American north-eastern beach house. Its abundant exterior wood decks throughout were inspired by the experience aboard a boat. Since the start of the project, the most predominant inspiration is that the design should cultivate the experience between people and the natural context. As a result, we created a beach retreat whose tranquility embraces people who come to experience it.
How would you describe the interior design and the atmosphere at Isshiki Retreat?
The interior utilizes materials and colors that are natural, warm and casual to provide a relaxing/soft touch and appearance. The furnishings are carefully selected to enhance the experience of beachside living of simplicity and comfort. Thus, it creates an environment graced with a casual elegance atmosphere.
To you personally, what is so special about Isshiki Retreat?
The house has created many memorable moments for us and our visitors. Before we found the land (and had the idea of building our beach house there), our family had loved driving for one hour from Tokyo to Hayama-Isshiki Beach for our summer getaways. Much to our delight, we walked by the street one day and saw this nice piece of a vacant lot with a large pine tree and a large cherry tree and fell in love with the place. We are able to stroll on the beach, swim in the ocean, and come back to the house within one minute to wash off and just relax. During July and August, cafes and bars are set up on the beach providing another perk for spending some summer fun days.
Is the property best suited for couples, families, groups? What’s your policy on kids?
The house is suitable for couples and families with kids. The large sand court has been a favorite for some of our friends and guest families. We welcome kids!