Project Area: 140.76 sqm
Contructor: Mizuno Cooporation
A factory for the parts of plastic miniature model.
The guy deals plastic miniature models of detailed airplanes, battleships and so on, and spends all day here, designing models, decomposing the designed model into hundreds of parts, carving metal molds and molding resin to make thousands of those.
All he needed was a workspace with several big machines and his working desk and a gallery for his collections and storage room.
Since the space is only for one person and his activity, we thought that a simple covering like a work shed would be suited for the situation. As an architectural composition, we adopted the spatial organization of his former workspace we saw at the beginning. Which has a concentric arrangement of objects, his work desk for handcrafts on the center, machines around, and the numbers of boxes of products form the outer circle. To maintain this concentric organization we decided to have a “nesting ; box in box” diagram.
The inner shed is the workspace, the outer contains the office, gallery and storage. Those two, we assumed, are independent sheds each other, each has their outer wall and pitched roof. Then overlapped those two into one shed, which determined the outlines of the building.
The workspace, inner box, is rather the space for machines, a high ceiling space filled with machine sound. A man sits statically on his chair and doing detailed handwork. The outer space is the space for human, a man walks around between different activities.
Each corner of the boundary between those spaces are ripped so that he can look in the office and the gallery space, even the outside green and the sky from his working chair in the center of the machine space.
We often start designing with diagrams we have found through abstracting given conditions, like site situations, how it’s used and demands from the clients. Just follow the diagrams. And the moment, we find a landscape never seen before and a life force of architecture , is the most exciting part of our architectural days.