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House in Kitakamakura / Suppose Design Office

  • 01:00 - 27 July, 2009
House in Kitakamakura / Suppose Design Office
House in Kitakamakura / Suppose Design Office

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects

    Suppose Design Office
  • Program

    Personal house
  • Area

    164.4 sqm

From the architect. Among the plots of land for sale in Kita Kamakura there are some sites in the outskirts which at first glance have the- negative condition of being uneven. This is a plan to create an appealing living space by building directly over that- uneven land.

From an architectural standpoint, with an upper and lower level, the influence of the footing and other aspects- cause too many uncertainties in the support of the retaining wall.

So, we propose to set concrete shafts slightly away from the wall and create a steel frame between the shafts in- order to insure the safety of the living space and the site at the same time.

This also helps to keep the excavation which accompanies construction work on uneven sites to a minimum. In- addition, the space between the two levels which is created by the shafts and the retaining wall can be used as a- garden. Many kinds of natural spaces can be created, such as a Japanese Garden, Bath Terrace, or Green Garden.The- concrete will create a quiet, enclosed space, while an open space is created by the steel framework. Through these- two structural forms you can feel connected to the surrounding nature in this wonderful living space.

With just a few techniques we can overturn the stereotypes associated with this type of site. What was once viewed- as a site with poor building conditions can be changed into land with great possibilities.

Rather than looking at the negative side, we would like to continue searching for these possibilities by accepting all- that these sites have to offer.

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Andrew Geber · September 30, 2009

I like the bamboo :)

Gatz · July 31, 2009

Dinning and tanking a shower. Table for two.

kenchiku · July 30, 2009

zoso, if you look closely at the upper level plan and the section you will notice a narrow ladder fixed the internal face of the external wall that is accessible from the top left hand side of the bedroom which gives access to the loft.

i agree that the loft in all liklihood is probably used for storage. as with most japanese residential architecture there is little in the way of built storage therefore using a loft is ideal, and natually accesses via steps/ladders is typical and expected in japan anyhow.

beautifully designed and executed i think. might have been nice to punch some skylights or sim through the flowing roof form to enable sufficient daylight during the dark and cold winter months. nice to see "shakkei" (borrowed scenery) being used again (small garden near entrance) which certainly bridges the gap between made and natural. great job!

Julio Ramirez Bruna · July 29, 2009

beautiful design.. the views and the relationship with the section of the slope...

StructureHub Blog · July 29, 2009

Beautiful form, esp. how it seems to roll over itself going down the slope. The result is that the flanking walls of glass make it extraordinarily open and make you quite aware of the overall shape of the home, while the roof line makes you feel held close despite all the glass.

Brad · July 29, 2009

How is the "tiled" look achieved on the concrete outside the house? Obviously some kind of form but does anyone know specifically?

alejandro · July 28, 2009

Would like to see some photos from the entrance and the "japanese room"

Guy Debord · July 28, 2009

Amazing design. But also japanese architects are lucky about the building codes.

yin · July 28, 2009

i argee this is a great house too!!

Dustin · July 28, 2009

Do the japanese ever go wrong?

zoso · July 28, 2009

how do you get to the loft?

jim · July 29, 2009 04:26 PM

I don't think the loft is an inhabited space, just a storage space, perhaps they have a ladder hidden away. Good question.

Oliver · July 28, 2009

this is a great house ... especially the loft is cool.


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