Magistretti had already built a villa in Tokyo for the Tanimoto family, but this time they asked him to design two holiday homes in Aburatsubo (Japan). Although never built, they were to occupy a single lot sloping down to the bay, and the design of the houses was to follow the lie of the land. The two houses, different in size, were to have two floors each: the living area on the upper floor, the bedrooms on the lower floor.
Elements of the project recall Japanese traditions: the construction of a vent space in the foundations and the layout of the facilities divided into separate areas (ante-bathroom and wash basins, a separate toilet facility, bathroom with bath and shower).
F. Irace, V. Pasca, Vico Magistretti, architetto e designer, Milano 1999, p. 100