Seashore Shell House / Takeshi Hirobe Architects

  • 19 Dec 2012
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Architects: Takeshi Hirobe Architects
Location: Chiba, Chiba Prefecture,
Structural Engineer: Akira Ouchi /S FORM
Constructor: Kenichi Kataoka/KATAOKAKEN KOMUTEN
Area: 73.03 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Takeshi Hirobe Architects

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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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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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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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