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Magritte’s / Atelier Tekuto

  • 01:00 - 10 June, 2011
Magritte’s / Atelier Tekuto
Magritte’s / Atelier Tekuto, © Makoto Yoshida
© Makoto Yoshida

© Makoto Yoshida © Makoto Yoshida © Makoto Yoshida © Makoto Yoshida +14

From the architect. Magritte’s is situated in the middle of Tokyo, on a tiny 45.61 m2 of plot of land. The width of front road restricted the size of construction machinery. The conditions made it extremely difficult to build the residence. The client was a married couple in their thirties, and their simple request was the use of concrete for every part of the house including floor, wall, tables etc. They didn’t even care for storage space to satisfy this request.

© Makoto Yoshida
© Makoto Yoshida

Atelier Tekuto believe creating architecture is a fight against gravity. There are two ways to escape from the gravity: Use energy to push against gravity like a rocket, or create a structure that contains a volume lighter than air such as a helium balloon. Atelier Tekuto was inspired by Magritte’s work on surrealism and proposed the motif of a massive concrete block escaping from the gravity. For the structure, Atelier Tekuto chose precast concrete with pre-stressed steel bar, to separate the volume between ground floor and basement. Finally Atelier Tekuto found a new element of architecture by rediscovering the common things that were once for granted.

© Makoto Yoshida
© Makoto Yoshida
Cite: "Magritte’s / Atelier Tekuto" 10 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/142411/magritte%25e2%2580%2599s-atelier-tekuto/>
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Karen · July 25, 2011

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jorge sepulveda · June 20, 2011

nice use of concrete!!! congratulations arcitect !!

skrilax · June 13, 2011

brothel for sado maso's?

Brian Pagnotta · June 13, 2011

I think it would be beneficial to hear why the clients wanted the house made entirely out of concrete. In my opinion, the concrete is meant to reveal something we often take for granted. In this case, the qualities of light are revealed in the structure by the monochromatic prominence of concrete. The photos presented do a good job showing this revelation, as light filters into the spaces.

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Paz Molinari · June 11, 2011

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Daniel · June 11, 2011

You're absolutely right; I didn't see a kid in any of the interior photos but there should be one. The problem with residential projects like these is that they're conceived and photographed as compositions, not as spaces. I'd like to see this place documented a year from now, once the family has actually had a chance to move in and fill it with tschotskes.

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ariana roberts · June 11, 2011

beautiful, but it's cold. wasn't there a kid in one the photos?
seriously, who'd want to sleep in such an austere place? again i like this design-it's just that the concrete is really bringin' me down!

liven up!!!this looks like a morgue.

Chris Murphy · June 11, 2011

Interesting how the clients requested everything to be our of concrete. It would be nice to see some people on the interior shots because I think the wide-angle shots make the space seem much larger than it actually is which may add to its "dungeon-ness".

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brb001 · June 10, 2011

The entrance/bathroom space is still rather perplexing.

Having said that, I do like the severity of this building. But more as a retreat rather than as a full time residence. I could imagine using a small habitation like this as a nice spot to spend a weekend writing, designing, drawing, or just generally living like a monk in a private monastery.

jk · June 10, 2011 11:40 PM

or a laboratory

James · June 10, 2011

'Finally Atelier Tekuto found a new element of architecture by rediscovering the common things that were once for granted.' The punctuation is wrong; this sentence should have ended with 5-7 exclamation marks, and possibly, at least 3 .gif bombs.

To write something so self-aggrandizing yet utterly devoid of either self or external awareness, you need to be a 14 year old on myspace. Even Corbu and FLW didn't go so far (not to mention, you know, they could back it up).

The moral of this story? Unemployed recent arch grads: go to Japan! You'll find clients just dying to build your 2nd year studio projects!

Doug · June 10, 2011

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BK · June 10, 2011

I LOL'd when I saw the main image for this "house." Nothing like living in a self-imposed dungeon to make you feel human.

IP Freely · June 10, 2011

I love concrete, so I never thought I'd say this...it looks like a jail cell. It's inherently cool, though. Just don't expect me to sleep there.

mvb · June 10, 2011

House for a hacker.

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