House in Tarumi by Tomohiro Hata


With every building site, its important to consider its conditions which may in some cases present a set of challenges for the architect. In the case of the Tarumi House in Kobe (Japan), the site was located in typically developed area, on a steep hill. The architect, Tomohiro Hata considered these unique conditions as an opportunity rather than a setback.



As a result, Tomohiro Hata devised a unique modular design that references the romanesque façades of medieval cathedrals. The unique and complex sequence of arches are read as a series of flying buttresses that create a sense if space, flow and access to natural lighting. Tarumi House presents a layers of these arches that allow for ‘stacking of free space.’ This allows easy navigation of its several floors with an interactive use of organic shapes that seamlessly transitions between one another.

The architecture of Tarumi House demonstrate the manner of in which the terrain of a site can be a defining factor for its design

The unique Tarumi House stands out within its context of a predominantly orthodox vernacular architecture. It features a striking white, concrete exterior that somewhat evokes the international style. To complement this, refined hardwood is used for contrast, creating a sense of comfort. 


The architecture of the Tarumi House takes full advantage of its site conditions, resulting in a home that is comfortable for its inhabitants. It allows its inhabitants to fully enjoy the surrounding urban landscape from the comfort of their home.