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* Residential Architecture: House in Muko by Fujiwarramuro Architects

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 3 April 2013

House in Muko by Fujiwarramuro Architects

Residential Architecture: House in Muko by Fujiwarramuro Architects: “..A mezzanine-floored residence consisting of a single-roomed space, located on a fan-shaped site..The movements of the sun can be felt inside the house all throughout the year. Light coming from the east strikes the louvered boards before entering the house and reaching deep into its interior..Direct sunlight from the south traces a shower-like path of lines as it penetrates into the building. Light coming from the west reflects off the walls of this house with an open stairwell before entering it..”  Extensive glazing, natural light, privacy; interesting interior volumes and natural light sensibility..

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image: © Toshiyuki Yano; article: “House in Muko / Fujiwarramuro Architects” 28 Mar 2013. ArchDaily

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* Residential Architecture: Tree Houses by Takashi Kobayashi

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Tree Houses by Takashi Kobayashi

Residential Architecture: Tree Houses by Takashi Kobayashi: “..takashi kobayashi is a self-taught designer that has brought treehouse vernacular to the japanese landscape. the carpenter and architect of 120 houses throughout japan, his prolificness is borne of a deep-seated investment in the creation of a new architectural tradition in his country added to the hefty, overall aim of each project- to erode the boundary between man and nature. using reclaimed wood, the designer and his collective treehouse people have developed methods since the first building in 1993 for the arboreal structures balanced on living boughs and limbs that avoid stunting the growth of the tree..”

image: courtesy of treehouse people; article: Designboom

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* Residential Architecture: Garden Tree House by Hironaka Ogawa & Associates

Posted by the editors on Monday, 4 March 2013

Garden Tree House by Hironaka Ogawa & Associates

Residential Architecture: Garden Tree House by Hironaka Ogawa & Associates: “..This is an extension project on a thirty-five year-old house for a daughter and her husband..A zelkova tree and a Camphor tree stood on the site since the time the main house was built thirty-five years ago.  Removing these trees was one of the design requirements because the new additional building could not be built if these trees remained.  When I received the offer for the project, I thought of various designs before I visited the site for the first time.  However, all my thoughts were blown away as soon as I saw the site in person..The two trees stood there quite strongly. I listen to the stories in detail; the daughter has memories of climbing these trees when she was little..These trees looked over the family for thirty-five years.  They colored the garden and grew up with the family.  Therefore, utilizing these trees and creating a new place for the client became the main theme for the design..In detail, I cut the two trees with their branches intact.  Then I reduced the water content by smoking and drying them for two weeks.  Thereafter, I placed the trees where they used to stand and used them as main structural columns in the center of the living room, dining room, and kitchen..In order to mimic the way the trees used to stand, I sunk the building addition 70 centimeters down in the ground.  I kept the height of the addition lower than the main house while still maintaining 4 meter (ndlr: 13.12 ft) ceiling height..By the way, the smoking and drying process was done at a kiln within Kagawa prefecture.  These two trees returned to the site without ever leaving the prefecture..The client asked a Shinto priest at the nearby shrine to remove evil when the trees were cut.  Nobody would go that far without a love and attachment to these trees..When this house is demolished and another new building constructed by a descendant of the client hundreds of years from now, surely these two trees will be reused in some kind of form..”  Ample glazing, natural light; interesting materiality, interior volumes, and, especially, a wonderful sense of poetry and connection…

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image: © Daici Ano; article: “Garden Tree House / Hironaka Ogawa & Associates” 27 Feb 2013. ArchDaily

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* Residential Architecture: House in Hiyoshi by EANA

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 3 February 2013

House in Hiyoshi by EANA

Residential Architecture: House in Hiyoshi by EANA: “..A house located at the south of the city park on a hill was designed for a married couple. Since the site is set on the back of the hill, residents can look down a residential district and a station on the south side, and a lot of greenery at the city park surrounds the site on the north side..Based on the owner’s economical reason and future lifestyle, the house plan was designed as simple as possible. A bedroom, a future kid-room, storage space and a bathroom are placed on the first floor with a low ceiling, which is a flexible approach in order to change for a future different way of life. On the other hand, living room in which the family spends much time is on the second floor with a 4-meter high ceiling. By having a big volume of the space, the outside greenery of the park and the open sky are coming into the room. As a result, such a spread of the room helps them to spend time there more enjoyable..”  Ample glazing, natural light, views; interesting contextuality and interior volumes..

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image: © Koichi Torimura; article: “House in Hiyoshi / EANA” 01 Feb 2013. ArchDaily

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