Lucky Japanese Architecture: Clover House by Katsuhiro Miyamoto

Lucky Japanese Architecture: Clover House by Katsuhiro Miyamoto

Are you a superstitious person? Then may this residence with an interior resembling a four-leave clover bring you only fortunate inspiring moments. The highly original Clover House was designed by Katsuhiro Miyamoto & Associates and is located in Nishinomiya-City. According to the architects’ description, “a cloverleaf hall with 4.6 meters ceiling height is a common space for the family, and following this space, there are some laterally excavated spaces that looks like a “Modong”, meaning a Chinese traditional underground house. Three loft alcoves on the ground level are private bedrooms.  Moreover, each bedroom relates to the exterior space. One can approach directly to their own bedrooms through the outside stairs. In structure, a matter of great interest is how to resist sliding caused by earth pressure of adjacent lots on the north and east side. 9 mm thickness steel plate is used as both a mold and finishing material. The mold is filled with concrete so that resistance to the pressure is gravitationally solved. The steel plate used for the finishing side was prefabricated dividing it into 16 blocks, and all of the joints were merged for extra resistance”. Enjoy the creativity of this “lucky” home design as well as its clean lines and minimalist, Japan-worthy interiors! [Photography by James Silverman]


  • Nina May 18, 2011 at 09:28 AMLogin to Reply →

    Love the use of shapes and materials. Not an easy space to decorate but they’ve done well.

  • design elements May 18, 2011 at 09:42 AMLogin to Reply →

    the Japanese architects are amazing!

  • Architect Social Network May 19, 2011 at 02:35 AMLogin to Reply →

    I love how the walls perforate the windows. It’s a beautiful little house. Great post.

  • Terry May 20, 2011 at 13:25 PMLogin to Reply →

    Lovely shapes and curves but the furniture sits very uncomfortably. This typifies the difficulties of curved walls which ideally need bespoke furnishings. But I echo the sentiments that the Japanese architects are quite imaginative and experimental.