Photos: Koji Fuji Nacasa & Partners inc.
Building on the tight urban site is the key to achieving dense cites. But the need to get light and views in to a building is often a defining criteria. In the Daylight House from 2011 by Takeshoi Hosaka Architects they have come about the problem slightly differently.
Their approach has been to sacrifice views, but in compensation flood the house with beautiful diffuse top light. The result is an unusual house, introspective and enclosed, yet so bright and responsive to the natural light as to create a very real sense of connection with outdoors. Read more
Images and photos: Ikimono Architects.
Glimpsing into a person’s soul is often thought of as a religious preoccupation. So when an artist or architect creates a piece of work, essentially for themselves, is it possible to see what makes the spirit and philosophy of the practice? Yes, I believe it is. So in that spirit, lets take a glimpse into the studios and home of Ikimono Architects.
The building is of great simplicity, four walls and a glass roof. A large volume of space with large windows that connects the space intimately with the exterior. But within that rule -set or architectural framework is a richness of possibility and presence of mind that allows the exploration and enjoyment of the seasons. It enables the discovery of a way of living and of working. The possibility of living closer to nature within an unpromising urban environment. Read more
Photo credits: Takeshi Yamagishi.
The recently opened Culture and tourist information centre by Kengo Kuma Associates looks to create a new type of layered architecture. The concept is to pile-up buildings from the surrounding Asakusa district extending it’s liveliness vertically. The irregular façade suggests a series of roofs, each of which enclose a particular activity beneath. Read more
Photos: Kai Nakamura.
The exciting exploration of the contemporary Japanese house continues with Outotunoie by mA-style architects. It is conceived as two mini towers that are connected by a bridge that forms a lounge area. The elevated room that is created provides the occupants with a vantage point to appreciate the splendid views, but without total disconnection from the street that say a penthouse might imply. Read more
Photos: Jeremy San.
The idea of reflection as the conceptual generator for a house has a layered meaning, according to the designers Studio Sklim. Beginning with introspection, the shadowy ground floor study and library is an architectural manifestation of this idea that is carried throughout the design. Literal meaning in this idea is explored with the reflection of exterior light and views, as well as internal reflections that help to sculpt the space with light and shadow.
There is a certain mood that comes with this house which is explored in the rich dark finishes both internally and externally. Perhaps this can be read as a post modern critique of light and air as the precursors to health and well being, where quiet contemplation in a darkened room can be just as commodious to health as a sunshine bath! Read more