As a traveller, when I think prime Japanese real estate, I imagine a cosy cabin nestled in the glistening white foothills of Hakuba or Niseko. Well, not anymore. My mind has wondered from snow cabin to beach house, thanks to the minimalist Shichirigahama.
Shichirigahama house is the collaborative minimalist masterpiece of SNARK architects. The property can be found on a beach of its namesake, near Kamakura in the Kanagawa prefecture. Japan’s conservative cultural values are reflected within this home. Shichirigahama need not boast – for its simple colours and angles speak a thousand words.
A Pleasant Welcome
The entrance to the home is inconspicuous yet fitting to its inner details. Upon entry to the property, tenants are immediately taken aback by the awe-inspiring view that fronts the Pacific Ocean. Within the sprawling kitchen/living room hybrid, Shichirigahama flaunts her simplicity. The home was created with the assistance of interior designer Sunao Koase, with help from a design director, furniture coordinator, and furniture designer. Prior to Shichirigahama, I doubted these professions existed. But now, because of this architectural masterpiece, I’m thankful they do.
Keeping it simple is the essence of this classic home. Polite browns and tans mingle nicely with plain whites to create an aura of relaxation. I envision an evening of meditation on the homes interior balcony, overlooking the living room, with views of the blue ocean and blue sky surrounding. The furniture within, as mentioned, has been placed with care and consideration. Shichirigahama is a short story that uses each sentence to maximum effect: no word (or piece of furniture) is out of place.
Shichirigahama is the home of the minimalist stoic and the poet. Very few places around the world may offer such beauty and serenity. Not even the snowy hills to the North.