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Airy house / Ikimono Architects

Courtesy of Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects Courtesy of Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects Courtesy of Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects Courtesy of Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects

From the architect. This part-café/part-house by Ikimono Architects revolves around the relationship between the outside and inside. 

Courtesy of Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects
Courtesy of Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects

The client specifically requested that everything start from the connection to the outside. The strong but simple exterior is comprised of two rectangular forms that sit perpendicular to each other. 

Courtesy of Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects
Courtesy of Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects

Each of these forms takes on a different program to accommodate the dual needs of the client.

plan
plan

The downstairs of both forms are fairly open to the outside with the residential form being narrower to satisfy a transition to the more secluded living quarters. 

elevations
elevations

The upstairs living area is distinctly different from the other spaces with more refined materials and a greater sense of enclosure.

sectional detail
sectional detail

In regards to materials, the client is a specialist in metalworking, and he made the stainless steel products such as the stairs, kitchen, and external eaves. 

Courtesy of Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects
Courtesy of Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects

The selection of the exterior metal cladding was also the client’s selection. With the scarcity of physical barriers, material was also used as transition tool.

Courtesy of Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects
Courtesy of Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects
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