Static Quarry / Ikimono Architects

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Constructed solely out of concrete this design by Ikimono Architects serves as a multi-family dwelling. The various openings and closing allow a range of interactions between the residents, and create shifting moments of light.

Architect: Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects
Location: Gunma,
Planning: TTA Inc.
Structural Engineers: Structural Design firm Accurate
Landscape: Atsuo Ota / ACID NATURE 0220
General Contractors: Hashizume Industrial Inc.
Design: 2009.12 – 2010.8
Construction: 2010.9 – 2011.4
Structure: Reinforced concrete
Site area: 624.56 sqm
Building area: 329.92 sqm
Floor area: 659.84 sqm
Use: Apartment
Roof: Reinforced concrete
Exterior: Reinforced concrete
Photographs: Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects

House of Seven Gardens / Ikimono Architects

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Ikimono Architects‘ clients, with three small boys, pursued a protected house with privacy in a large vacant lot downtown. Ikimono Architects suggested a one-story house with inner courtyards. The end result is a house with a variety of 17 rooms (11:outside,6:inside).

Architect: Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects
General Contractors: Omnibus Inc.
Design: 2009.4 – 2010.7
Construction: 2010.7 – 2011.2
Structure: Timber frame construction
Site area: 516.70 square meters
Building area: 161.64 square meters
Floor Area: 159.40 square meters
Use: Residential
Roof: Galvalume steel plate roofing standing goby
Exterior: Galvalume steel plate
Photographs: Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects

Atelier Tenjinyama / Ikimono Architects

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With an earth floor and a glass roof this building, design by Takashi Fujino of Ikimono Architects, experiments with the limits between inside and outside. This is a reoccurring theme among many of Ikimono Architects’s projects. Tradeoffs are enviable in a building of this kind, such as having to use an umbrella to access to the bathroom when it is raining and the hassles that come with an earth floor. The payoffs come in the form of being able to grow plants inside through the floor, gaze at the clouds and stars, listen to the sound of the rain and smell the scent of spring flowers.

Architectural Design: Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects
Location: Takasaki, , Japan
General Contractors: Kenchikusha Shiki Inc.
Landscaping: Atsuo Ota / ACID NATURE 0220
Structural Engineer: Akira Suzuki / ASA
Roof: Safety glass shatterproof
Structure: Reinforced concrete
Use: Office + Residential
Exterior: Reinforced concrete
Project Area: 177.18 sqm (site), 61.93 sqm (building area), 61.93 sqm (floor area)
Design Year: 2007-2010
Project Year: 2010-2011
Photographs: Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects

Airy house / Ikimono Architects

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This part-café/part-house by Ikimono Architects revolves around the relationship between the outside and inside. The client specifically requested that everything start from the connection to the outside. The strong but simple exterior is comprised of two rectangular forms that sit perpendicular to each other. Each of these forms takes on a different program to accommodate the dual needs of the client.

Architect: Takashi Fujino/Ikimono Architects
Location: Gunma,
General Contractor: Capital Woods Inc.
Design Year: 2008-2009
Structure: Timber frame construction
Use: Dwelling with shop
Roof: Galvalume steel plate roofing
Exterior: Keystone plate
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: Area: 181.49 sqm floor area, 119.24 sqm building area, 249.61 sqm site area
Photographs: Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects