Riverside Villa – A Narrow Kyoto Home by Atelier Boronski


This property is squeezed into a typically narrow site in Kyoto, Japan. It’s placed between a road to the front and a river to the rear, which leads the architects to allude to it being a Japanese version of a European canal-house. It’s been designed by the Japanese firm Atelier Boronski.

The house is substantial in size, not because it has a large footprint, but because it contains a total of four floors giving it a grand total of 2,475.70-square-feet (230-square-meters). The first floor is used as a guest area, followed by the master bedroom on the second, a living/dining area on the third, and a rooftop terrace on the fourth.

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Project Details
Architects Atelier Boronski
Location Kyoto, Japan
Area 230-square-meters

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On a typically small site wedged between the road and the river this house in Kyoto is a kind of European canal-house in Japan. It is close to the city center but in a quiet street near cafes and restaurants, bakeries and a chocolatier. The museum district (with temples and shrines) is a short walk, and there are many cherry trees lining these streets.

The well-traveled clients have stayed in various accommodation in many different parts of the world. This is an uncomplicated and robust second house that is easy to live in and easy to look after. After several permutations the clients decided on a very restrained and rectilinear composition.

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