Architects: Sou Fujimoto Architects
Location: Hokkaido, Japan
Principal Use: Group home for elderly with dementia
Project Year: 2006
Structure material: Wood
Site Area: 1,637 sqm
Constructed Area: 745 sqm
Photographer: Daici Ano
The group home for the elderly people with dementia built in the residential section in Noboribetsu City, Hokkaido, JAPAN. The building is divided into two units across the entrance. Each unit has 9 bedrooms, so 18 elderly in total live with the staff.
Living in the fluctuation
First of all, there is a big flame of 3×3 parallel crosses. The frame of space is made from the grid swinging gently perpendicularly. The intonation of a place is produced by being connected and separated. A certain part serves as a place of a spread of living and a dining room, and in somewhere else, the place of the end which was surrounded by the wall and settled down is produced. A place to stay seems to spring out with nature in a fluctuation of a big flame.