“And so castles made of sand, fall in the sea, eventually,” sang Jimi Hendrix, in his 1967 track about life’s bitter ironies. Japanese architect Yasutaka Yoshimura is probably not too concerned about his new work “Window House” crumbling to the sea any time soon. And yet, looking at the home, I couldn’t help but be reminded of our temporary nature of existence.
Window House, constructed in 2013, is a modest – if ideally positioned – home in Kanagawa that sits on the edge of Sagami Bay. It’s tiny, even by Japanese standards, occupying a plot of land just 10 x 26 feet. The single-room home was designed for a single resident to be used as a weekend home.
And, surprisingly, the thoughtful design is mindful not only of the client but of the surrounding neighbors. “It seemed difficult to avoid blocking the view of the neighborhood behind,” explains Yoshimura on his website, so he designed 2 large windows creating a see-through wall that doesn’t block views of the sea. It stands between land and sea as a house but also as a window, a castle made of glass.