House 119 / Takeshi Hosaka Architects


© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.


© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.


© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.


© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.


© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

  • Structural Engineers: Kenji Nawa, Nawakenji-M
  • Client: Sinichi Suzuki
  • Site Area: 194.45 sqm
  • Floor Area Ratio: 116.31 sqm
  • Building Height: 4880 mm

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

The cross-sectional and longitudinal aspects of scale

The house belongs to a married couple with two children, and stands near the Tama River, which flows through Atsugi City in Kanagawa Prefecture.


Plan 1

Plan 1

Although the surface of the Tama River flows eight meters below the house, The dry part of the river is at the same level as the house’s property.  The dry part of the bed adjoins the property without any separation by an embankment or other structure.  Although a road is situated between the dry river bed and the property, because there is almost no difference in elevation, the property is essentially a continuation of the river bed.  The scale of the Tama River is far larger than the scale of the house’s property; however, the scale of the Sagami River, into which the Tama River flows just a short distance downstream from that point, is even larger. 


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© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

For this unique location, in which scales ranging from the ultra small to the ultra large exist together, I came up with the idea of using an inverted V-shaped plane that combines both ultra small and ultra large scales.  The open side of the inverted V indicates extensity whereby scale grows infinitely in the direction toward the river.  The narrowing side becomes the space for clothing or food in the house.  I arranged six of these inverted V-shaped planes to form a flat house resembling a fan-shaped plane. 


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© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Section

Section

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© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

For the cross-section, I arranged windows of the same size at the intermediate level, between the first and second floor (when viewed at the scale of the surrounding houses), in an associative array facing the river.  For the floors, I alternated a high floor and low floor.  The living room on the higher floor is a space of panoramic proportions with a suppressed ceiling height.  The children’s room on the lower floor is a space of oblong proportions with a high ceiling.  I called the area under the higher floor an “under-floor open space” and installed equipment for play and daily life there.  It is a place for outdoor living, resembling a garden that extends to the adjoining ultra large-scale dry portion of the river bed.


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© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Indoors, people go back and forth between the open side and the narrow side of the inverted V-shaped plane as they also go up and down between the higher floor and the lower floor.  Outdoors, they go directly out from the under-floor open space to the dry river bed via the adjoining land.  For both the indoors and outdoors, the zoom moves in and out freely in terms of the planar and cross-sectional view between the ultra small scale of the house’s interior and the ultra large scale of the river.


© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

When rapeseed blossoms on the ultra small scale bloom across the entire dry river bed, the scale of the natural landscape in view swings within a certain range. This creates an ultra large-scale landscape, making the tall Mt. Fuji appear small, and making the Tanzawa mountains (which are lower than Mt. Fuji) appear larger.  I wanted to create a sense of living where there are rapeseed blossoms, a house, a river, and mountains within such a mischievous shifting of scale.


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© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

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Reykjanes peninsula is a UNESCO Global Geopark. It is the only…

Reykjanes peninsula is a UNESCO Global Geopark. It is the only place in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is visible above the sea level and it has a dramatic coastline. But Im not sure if it is a good idea to take a photo of your girlfriend this close to the North Atlantic ocean smashing against the cliffs like this guy here is doing

With a Bookstore at its Core Aedas Unveils Mix-use Project Inspired by Rolled Book Scrolls


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Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas has unveiled the plans for its Chongqing Xinhua Bookstore Group Jiefangbei Book City mixed-use project, a complex of retail, residential, office, and hotel space with a Xinhua Bookstore at its core. Based on an ancient Chinese prose that states “knowledge brings wealth,” the project aims to integrate the concept of a book with the cultural elements of Chongqing to create an interactive commercial space.


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Inspired by the form of a rolled book scroll, the central building in the project appears to unfold through stepped terraces, “implying the spirit of wisdom and knowledge.” These stepped terraces furthermore reflect the landscape of Chongqing, which is called the “Mountain City.”


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Courtesy of Aedas

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Courtesy of Aedas

The complex will additionally feature three themed plazas: The inclined rooftop and cultural plaza at the podium become a new cultural destination for lifestyle and entertainment activities, while the sky cultural plaza enriches and extends the civic space of Jiefangbei Plaza to provide a refreshing and tranquil environment in this business center for users to relax and enjoy.


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Courtesy of Aedas

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Courtesy of Aedas

Expected completion of the complex is set for 2020.

  • Architects: Aedas
  • Location: Chongqing, China
  • Area: 153980.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2020
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Aedas

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Rice University Fellow Creates Half House that Pushes Boundaries and Challenges Perspectives of Light and Space

Visiting Wortham Fellow at the Rice School of Architecture Michelle Chang has created A,B 1:2, a twisted “half house” installation in the university’s jury room. Built at a half scale, the project superimposes and bisects two simple cubes, playing with light and shade through skewed windows in order to demonstrate how architects and artists think about space, as well as how drawings and renderings translate into physical constructions.


© Michelle Chang/Rice School of Architecture

© Michelle Chang/Rice School of Architecture

I don’t want to get overly technical, says Chang. I just want people to see it and understand there’s something kind of weird going on in a couple of places and image what that does. A lot of my work is based in optics and perspectives, how changing certain assumptions of our representational conventions can lead to new ways of seeing. What’s interesting about doing these installations is they’re always so incredibly different from what I imagined them to be, working digitally.


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© Jeff Fitlow/Rice University

With sunlight filtering through the high windows on three sides of the exhibit’s room, the interior character of the installation is expected to change throughout the day, influencing the interpreted locations of typical “bedroom” or “living room” spaces.

The spaces are defined more by the angular interior and play of light, rather than boundaries according to elements like walls, windows, or objects.


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© Jeff Fitlow/Rice University

The installation will officially open on August 26 at 5:00 pm.

While Chang’s fellowship will end next year, she will remain at Rice to become an assistant professor of architecture in July.

Learn more about the project here.

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