Terasaki House

The house sits on top of a valley on the outskirts of Tokyo. Surrounded by numerous farms and a large public park, the area is teeming with ample greenery. Within such an environment, we found this site to be particularly appealing. Located on the edges of a valley, it is close to a large park, with unobstructed views and spatial openness.

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To take advantage of the site’s unique and favorable conditions, including its light, great views, and richly green surroundings, we developed a plan for a single-story house with a courtyard. We placed a large roof over the rooms and the courtyard, and created an open space where the indoors extend to the courtyard and beyond. The roof is shaped in an elongated strip along the narrow site that stretches to the north and south.

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However, instead of placing a single large roof, we designed it so that it curves and bends into a shape that is different from a single gabled or sloping roof, and gently envelops the indoors with a warm atmosphere. Also, the design integrates both shadow and light in the indoor spaces, by capturing light through the openings of the roof.

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Our goal is to create a comfortable living space protected by its framework, with a sense of transparency that continues into the surrounding environment’s fertile.

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Ryue Nishizawa was born in Tokyo and studied architecture at the Yokohama National University. He joined Kazuyo Sejima & Associates in 1990. In 1995, with Kazuyo Sejima, he founded the Tokyo-based firm SANAA. Nishizawa established his independent practice, Office of Ryue Nishizawa, in 1997. Nishizawa and Sejima were jointly awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2010. Amongst other awards, Nishizawa was declared Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and received the Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan for the Teshima Art Museum. He is currently a professor at Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture (Y-GSA).


1966: Born in Tokyo, Japan

1990: M.Arch. Yokohama National University

1990: Joined Kazuyo Sejima & Associates

1995: Established SANAA with Kazuyo Sejima

1997: Established Office of Ryue Nishizawa

2001 – 2010: Associate Professor at Yokohama National University

2005 – 2006: Visiting Professor at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland

2005 – 2008: Visiting Professor at Princeton University, USA

2007: Visiting Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design, USA

2010 – : Professor at Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture (Y-GSA), Yokohama National University

Main Awards

1998: The Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan (for Multi-media Workshop), Tokyo, Japan*

2000: First Prize in Residential Architecture (for Weekend House), Tokyo Society of Architects & Building Engineers

2004: Golden Lion for Most Significant Work of the Metamorph Exhibition, 9th International Architecture Biennale de Venezia, Italy*

2006: The Prize of Architectural Insititute of Japan (for 21st Century Museum), Tokyo, Japan*

2007: The Kunstpreis Berlin (Berlin Art Prize), Berlin, Germany*

2010: Pritzker Architecture Prize 2010*

2011: Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France

2012: The Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan (for Teshima Art Museum), Tokyo, Japan. 25th Murano Togo Prize, Japan

2013: Prix de l’Équerre d’Argent (for Louvre-Lens Museum), Paris, France*

2016: Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, Chicago, USA* American Institute of Architecture Honor Award, Washington, D.C., USA*

2017: Mainichi Design Prize, Japan

2019: The 5th Yoshizaka Takamasa Award, Japan

2019: The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture, Virginia, USA*  * =collaboration with Kazuyo Sejima / SANAA



Major Works

1998: Weekendhouse, Gunma, Japan

2000: TAKEO Head Office, Tokyo, Japan

2001: House in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan

2003: Space design for “Love Planet” exhibition, Kagawa, Japan

2004: Funabashi Apartment, Chiba, Japan.

2004: Benesse art site Naoshima office, Kagawa, Japan

2005: Moriyama House, Tokyo, Japan

2006: House A, Japan

2007: TKG Daikanyama (interior), Tokyo, Japan

2008: Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan

2008: Nagai Garou, Tokyo, Japan

2010: Teshima Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan

2010: Kumamoto Station East Exit Square, Kumamoto, Japan

2011 Garden & House, Tokyo, Japan

2011: Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan

2011: Pavilion of the 12th Istanbul Art Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey

2012: Shinkenchikusha Kasumigaseki Office (interior), Tokyo, Japan

2013: Fukita Pavilion, Shodoshima, Kagawa, Japan

2013: Roof and Mushroom Pavilion, Kyoto, Japan

2014: Terasaki House, Kanagawa, Japan

2014: Ikuta Church, Kanagawa, Japan

2014: Cawaii Bread & Coffee (interior), Tokyo, Japan

2016 Tokuda House, Kyoto, Japan

2016: Okamura Design Space R wooden partition (interior), Tokyo, Japan

2016: Shodoshima-Fukutake House (interior), Shodoshima, Kagawa, Japan

2017: Atelier, Tokyo, Japan

2018: O House, Tokyo, Japan

2018: Inujima Stay 1, Okayama, Japan

2019: Jining Fine Art Museum, Jining, China

2019: Morimoto House, Aichi, Japan

2019: Inujima Stay 2, Okayama, Japan

2019: House in Los Vilos, Los Vilos, Chile

2019: Six Office (interior), Tokyo, Japan

2020: I House, Japan



Major Works

1996: Multimedia Workshop, Gifu, Japan

1996: S-House, Okayama, Japan

1997: N-Museum, Wakayama, Japan

1997: M-House, Tokyo, Japan

1997: K-Building, Ibaraki, Japan

1998: Koga Park Café, Ibaraki, Japan

1999: O-Museum, Nagano, Japan

2000: Day Care Center, Kanagawa, Japan

2000: La Biennale di Venezia, 7th International Architecture Exhibition «City of girls» Japanese Pavilion, Venice, Italy

2001: PRADA Beauty LEEGARDEN Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

2001: Garden Cafe at the 7th International Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey

2003: Christian Dior Building Omotesando, Tokyo, Japan

2004: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, Kanazawa Japan

2006: Zollverein School of management and design, Essen, Germany

2006: The Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion, Toledo, Ohio, USA

2006: Novartis Campus WSJ-158 Office Building, Basel, Switzerland

2006: Naoshima Ferry Terminal, Kagawa, Japan

2007: Stadstheater Almere ‘De Kunstlinie’, Almere, the Netherlands

2007: New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA

2009: Serpentine Pavilion, London, England

2009: Rolex Learning Center, EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), Switzerland

2010: Derek Lam NY, shop interior (Madison Avenue), USA

2011: Shakujii Apartment (Tokyo)

2012: Louvre Lens, Lens, France

2012: Home-for-All Higashimatsushima City Miyato Island, Miyagi, Japan

2013: Vitra Factory Building, Weil am Rhein, Germany

2013: Okayama University Junko Fukutake Hall, Okayama, Japan

2014: Okayama University Pergola, Okayama, Japan

2014: Home-for-All Miyato Island Tsukihama, Miyagi, Japan

2015: Grace Farms, Connecticut, USA

2016: Naoshima Port, Okayama, Japan

2017: Shogin TACT Tsuruoka, Yamagata, Japan

2018: Apartments on Ave. Maréchal Fayolle, Paris, France

2019: Hitachi City Hall, Ibaraki, Japan