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Lotus House (2005) by Kengo Kuma

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Lotus House (2005) by Kengo Kuma, located in eastern Japan by a quiet river, deep in the mountains | The Hardt

 

Lotus House (2005) by Kengo Kuma, located in eastern Japan by a quiet river, deep in the mountains. Kengo says he thought of filling water between the river and the house and planting lotus so that the dwelling would be conveyed by the lotus to the river and continue into the woods on the other side of the river. The architecture itself is basically composed of holes. It is divided into two wings, with the hole-shaped terrace in between serving to connect the wood in the back of the house with the woods on the opposite bank. Wall surfaces are also designed as countless holes. I thought to build a state where nature and architecture were blended on a quiet riverbank in a deep mountain. I thought about watering between the river and the house, planting a lotus, and creating a state where the house continues to the river and the forest of the opposite bank with Lotus pond as a medium.

 

 


 

Construction of the building itself is based on a hole. The building is divided into two buildings, and a large terrace-shaped in the shape of the holes that occurred during that time plays a role of connecting the forest on the back side and the forest on the other side. The wall is also designed as countless holes. While using a material with a sense of weight as a stone, we made a light wall like the wind blows through. By hanging a thin travertine plate of 20 cm × 60 cm, 30 mm in heat from a flat bar of 8 × 16 mm and making it a detail constituting a checkered board like porous pattern, it is like a paper while it is a stone, and a lotus I could make a light wall like a petal.

 

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Chiyodanomori Dental Clinic by Hironaka Ogawa

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Located in Shibukawa, Japan, Chiyodanomori Dental Clinic by Hironaka Ogawa | The Hardt

 

Located in Shibukawa, Japan, Chiyodanomori Dental Clinic by Hironaka Ogawa. This is a dental clinic accompanied by a housing project. The conditions required were: to make the clinic and housing into one building, to create three individual treatment rooms and a couple of rooms that are able to alter into treatment rooms in the future for the clinic, and to provide the treatment widespread read feelings while keeping its privacy.  For the housing section, the client wanted to have a pleasant view of the sky.  Other than these conditions, locating openings also needed particular attention in order to maintain enough natural lighting levels in the building; the site suffers from strong winter wind and is famous for the hottest temperature record in Japan during the summer.

 

 


 

First of all, I made a rule to create a 9 ft x 9 ft (2.7m x 2.7m cell) that is needed for the individual treatment area.  I placed the cella s in grid inside of a walled box and located a couple of courtyards to get sunlight while considering their relations to each cell.  By doing so, fifty-five cells were created on the plane.  I let the building be seen as one volume by employing a hip roof and laid the second floor of the housing in the hipped or inclined section.   The clinic and a part of the housing have different ceiling heights created by the slanted roof, and the courtyards’ varying depth creates natural light gradations. Therefore, there would be diversities in spaces.  The plan is fairly ruled by a 9 foot (2.7m) grid.  However, one can experience diverse feelings in each and every space because of the dissimilarities in each cell heights, natural lighting, and volume.  While aiming for a functional and rational plan, I encountered ambiguous relationships between outside and inside conditions that generated a mysterious depth in the space.  The diversity in light and space was created unintentionally by the fifty-five cells inside of the structure.

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IT IS A GARDEN (2016) by ASSISTANT

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IT IS A GARDEN (2016) by ASSISTANT located in Nagano, Japan. Hiroi Ariyama & Megumi Matsubara of the architectural firm ASSISTANT are pleased to announce the completion of a house IT IS A GARDEN, in the forest of Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan. IT IS A GARDEN stands in the forest of Karuizawa, surrounding and surrounded by the trees and plants of the forest. The house was designed as a guest house containing a private art gallery for the owner’s collection.

 

 


 

Its shape is flat and square, the one-story house has a floor plan entirely defined by five courtyards alone. All facades of the building are made of concrete walls and black glass, clearly dividing its interior space from the external environment. The house opens its reinforced concrete roof to the sky in order to create five courtyards. The exterior roofs tilt inwards only vertically inviting light as well as shadows and reflections of the surrounding nature. The interior roofs and floor levels consequently create rhythmical geometry to support the simplicity of the exterior. All rooms are designed to face the courtyards each of which is distinct in character designed to receive light at different times of the day. The sun rises and sets. The moon waxes and wanes. This unbroken rhythm of light, to which we submit the entire architecture, defines this house.

 

 


 

In the design of IT IS A GARDEN, the concept of the vertical interplay of the sun through the courtyards crosses with the horizontal connection to the Japanese natural sceneries. The architecture’s volume is designed to receive those elements in all dimensions; the slants of light at ever-changing angles, the shadow of the forest trees, as well as komorebi—the interplay of light and leaves. They keep moving and draw a garden of shadows all over the floor at the speed of the moving sun and wind. The interior glass walls and windows create a garden of kaleidoscopic reflections of trees and plants projected on them from every courtyard. Not only the courtyards, but such gardens made of immaterial elements that emerge from the interplay of vertical and horizontal relationships to nature are also the gardens meaningfully designed in this house. Light and shadows move freely as if they were the main inhabitants of this house. The client of the house desired it to be a private space to provide inspiration more than anything else. The architects answered that the first priority of this house should become the sunlight—light being the permanent host, closest cohabitant.

 

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Grass Building by Ryo Matsui Architects

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Grass Building by Ryo Matsui Architects located in Shiba, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. In an urban context where residence and commerce are increasingly emerging, it was essential to prevent the building from becoming a generic type. At the level of the penthouse, it offers the wind and light inwards to establish the relationship between the interior and exterior territories by means of the creation of an outdoor patio and a garden roof to distance itself from the main street. The sliding doors open completely during the day, and the interior space moderately maintains its privacy to account at the same time for the fugacity of the City. For the exterior space, a soft façade is proposed that accounts for the lattices of the houses of the traditional Japanese merchants integrating the texture of the wood towards the street front.

 

 


All the windows facing the street are designed as a system of sliding doors, in order to express the integral relationship between the exterior and the interior. Additionally, it is proposed that the balconies function as the intermediate region between these spaces, and they are designed with a minimum width, in order to maximize the total area of each floor. The building corresponds to a complex of 6 floors composed of a residence, offices and commercial premises. It is located on the boundary of the planning district and the central district of the City. Considering this context of location, the building inherits both identities of urban culture and proposes the creation of a building integrated to the urban landscape of the city of Tokyo.

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2 Courts House (2008) by Keiji Ashizawa Design

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Located in Tokyo, Japan, 2 Courts House (2008) by Keiji Ashizawa Design. The project is constructed in typical Tokyo urban condition of the closely built surrounding. The 4 story house resolves privacy and light with the design of 2 cascading courtyards which spills gradual light into the innermost volume of the house. Due to the differing light intensity from the 2 courtyards, each space also differs in character and function.

 

 

 

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