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Sakura / Mount Fuji Architects Studio

  • 01:00 - 4 March, 2010
Sakura / Mount Fuji Architects Studio
Sakura / Mount Fuji Architects Studio, © Ryota Atarashi
© Ryota Atarashi

© Ryota Atarashi © Ryota Atarashi © Ryota Atarashi © Ryota Atarashi +32

From the architect. A home office for a couple planned in a residential neighborhood in Meguro.The site is situated in an area where land costs are among the highest in Tokyo.The area is typically cluttered, like most residential areas in downtown Tokyo.It is hard to say that quality of living environment deserves the price of land.

© Ryota Atarashi
© Ryota Atarashi

I felt that creating a better living environment was a top priority upon squeezing in yet another house into this neighborhood. What came to my mind were the two classic ‘Glass Houses’※ by Mies and Philip Johnson. The sense of freedom and openness that makes us want to walk naked inside these houses surely owes to the transparency of the glass itself, but it is the fact that the buildings are surrounded by a pleasant environment –the forest– that counts the most.Since ‘the forest’ itself already provides a comfortable living environment, it is left for the architecture to separate internal to external atmospheres with thin, transparent membranes.They clealy demonstrate that as long as there is an environment suitable for living, a ‘house’ is no more necessary.

© Ryota Atarashi
© Ryota Atarashi

What I looked to create here was a presence that would replace this ‘forest’.More precisely, I attempted to generate a quality living environment by placing two large, swirled belt-shaped surfaces on the premises.The pair consists of self-standing walls measuring 7.5 m and 5 m high respectively, made of lace-like steel 3 mm thick that filters light like sunshine through foliage, with holes punched out in a floral pattern depicting cherry blossoms, a traditional Ise paper stencil pattern.

© Ryota Atarashi
© Ryota Atarashi

As we make our way into the abstracted forest of cherry blossoms, we are greeted by an ‘environment filled with “anticipation” for a living comfort.’ There, nothing can be found that suggests a ‘setup’ of a ‘house‘. The place is a pure ‘living environment’ and is neither a symbol called ‘house’ nor a ‘residential area.’ A bright depth, beyond the reach of urbanism, is born in Tokyo.

© Ryota Atarashi
© Ryota Atarashi
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sri · May 07, 2010

very nice

Linda Leavitt · April 14, 2010

RT @architectderek: RT @missandrealuise: Mount Fuji Architects Studio&#39s Sakura House is heart-achingly beautiful.

Derek Leavitt · April 14, 2010

RT @missandrealuise: Mount Fuji Architects Studio&#39s Sakura House is heart-achingly beautiful.

Andrea Schrader · April 14, 2010

Mount Fuji Architects Studio&#39s Sakura House is heart-achingly beautiful.

Jaenne S · March 09, 2010

I wanna live it! RT @archdaily Sakura / Mount Fuji Architects Studio

arnold · March 07, 2010

excelent work. a bit old, but very good. a house for a young couple or for single one.

(interesting, what the owners will do, if they accidentally will have some chidren? where do they live in this house? yes, I understand, that japanese young people carefully plans they future and if they intend to have baby, they will built another new house, adapted to the bigger family).

otherwise, this building is very and very good for 20-35(?) age people.

Gatz · March 06, 2010

Very nice!

Nicholas Patten · March 06, 2010

I&#39d Live Here: Sakura.

ltv · March 05, 2010

Im not that interested in the screens themselves, although I do appreciate the contemporary interpretation to the point and manufacturing of the traditional shoji screen. I do appreciate the spatial quality in such a small site. Thats well done!

xirclebox · March 05, 2010

Sakura / Mount Fuji Architects Studio /cc @feedly

Home Decor News · March 05, 2010

Sakura / Mount Fuji Architects Studio

Luke&Phill · March 05, 2010 — Intimnost in odprtost je v Tokiju težko združiti. Razen ?e prostor lo?iš s polprosojnimi, dekorativnimi membranami.

totot · March 05, 2010

Excuse me but the parallel with the glass house doesn't hold,from the photos it just looks like other modern tokyo houses, greatly detailed but claustrophobic, at least from a western side of "view".

igor · March 05, 2010

Very nice, but what about sunligt. Can sameone explain to me what "sus" means (I know it is kind of composite material resistant to all weather conditions).

Veronique Meignaud · March 05, 2010

RT @archdaily: Sakura / Mount Fuji Architects Studio

A Sphere · March 05, 2010

termite's heaven

Michael · March 05, 2010

Beautiful detailing.
The screen wall and the internal glazed facade are amazing.
The tolerances in that glazed wall must be minute.
Poor builder!!! They did an amazing job though.
Would love to see this in real life.
That night shot is pretty impressive too.


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