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Atelier Tenjinyama / Ikimono Architects

  • Architects: Ikimono Architects
  • Location: Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan
  • Roof: Safety glass shatterproof
  • Exterior: Reinforced concrete
  • Design Year: 2007-2010
  • Landscaping: Atsuo Ota / ACID NATURE 0220
  • Structural Engineer: Akira Suzuki / ASA
  • Structure: Reinforced concrete
  • General Contractors: Kenchikusha Shiki Inc.
  • Use: Office + Residential
  • Floor Area: 61.93 m2
  • Site Area: 177.18 m2
  • Area: 61.93 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Takashi Fujino / 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. With an earth floor and a glass roof this building, design by Takashi Fujino of Ikimono Architects, experiments with the limits between inside and outside. This is a reoccurring theme among many of Ikimono Architects’s projects. Tradeoffs are enviable in a building of this kind, such as having to use an umbrella to access to the bathroom when it is raining and the hassles that come with an earth floor. The payoffs come in the form of being able to grow plants inside through the floor, gaze at the clouds and stars, listen to the sound of the rain and smell the scent of spring flowers.

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

As for the design method, simplicity is clear. Make a box to live, establish the window to be connected to the town, make ceiling transparent ceiling to look up at the sky, plant a tree to make a bower, leave an earthen floor so that a root grows, and raise a ceiling so the plants can grow. Such an environment helps occupants experience and enjoy the dynamically changing days and seasons.

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