Yodoko Guest House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, who came to Japan from 1915 to 1922 to design the Imperial Hotel.
The guest house was the second house for the family of Yamamura, a famous sake brewer in Nada, Kobe.
This is my favorite place, so I visit here from time to time.
It’s 5 minutes’ walk from Ashiyagawa-station. (between Osaka and Kobe)
The house was designated as a National Important Cultural Property in 1974 for the first time as a RC building.
Although the house is four stories high in total, every section of the building is one or two stories high because the floors overlap like a staircase along with the inclination of the ridge.
In spite of the Western look, there are three Japanese-style Rooms covered with tatami mats.
2nd floor living room furnished with many display shelves and cabinets.
The long hallway on the third floor is filled with light coming through the large windows that are long enough to reach the floor.
It is difficult to imagine from the exterior view of this building, but the three main rooms on the 3rd floor are all Japanese-style rooms with tatami floors.
These rooms were not included in Wright’s original design, but they were realized with a strong request from the client.
Every detail grabs my attention.
4th floor dining room.
The ceiling has a ship-bottom shape with the center being the highest.
Small triangular windows contribute to the expression of variety in the space.
From this spacious balcony, you can enjoy a splendid view of beautiful mountains and the sea.
It’s nice to visit this valuable Western-Japanese mix style architecture.
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