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Seashore Shell House / Takeshi Hirobe Architects

  • Architects: Takeshi Hirobe Architects
  • Location: Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Structural Engineer: Akira Ouchi /S FORM
  • Constructor: Kenichi Kataoka/KATAOKAKEN KOMUTEN
  • Area: 73.03 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Takeshi Hirobe Architects

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From the architect. Situated on a populated bathing beach, the site is surrounded by neighboring houses on three directions. It was a natural decision to open up the house towards the sea.

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Courtesy of Takeshi Hirobe Architects

We decided to go with the idea of obstructing the disturbing view and framing the beautiful view towards the sea and the sky at the same time. We experimented with various types of courtyard style structure in order to find a way to frame the sea and the sky. And we eventually came up with this shelter-like structure. It is composed of a sequence of structural members that wraps around the void space in middle, without any wall or roof.

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Courtesy of Takeshi Hirobe Architects

From this structure we created a spatial image of a person wandering into a seashell. Seashore Shell House is a timber shell structure featuring the curvilinear rhythmic sequence of pleat-like structural members.

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