Toda House: a snaking home, floating on stilts

Toda House, designed by Kimihiko Okada

Toda House, designed by Kimihiko Okada

Toda House, designed by Kimihiko Okada

This is Toda House, designed by the office of Kimihiko Okada, and yes– a family lives in this house. Jealous? The unlikely massing of the project, which is unlike any single-family house I can think of, spirals on stilts in mid-air like a levitating snake with plumbing and furniture. The shape comes from the client’s desire to see over their neighbor’s house to the neighboring city, Miyajima, and the inland sea, Seto. Perching the house on stilts also allows the family to eventually build a store below the house. For now though, the area below the ramping residence is a garden and play area. The inside of the house is surprisingly accommodating and furnished with a hodgepodge of furniture styles and houseplants. You might not want a snake for a neighbor, but how about living in one?

Found through ArchDaily

Alex Dent

January 4, 2012 / By

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