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House in Minami-tanabe / FujiwaraMuro Architects

  • 22:00 - 4 May, 2017
House in Minami-tanabe / FujiwaraMuro Architects
House in Minami-tanabe / FujiwaraMuro Architects, ©  Toshiyuki Yano
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Text description provided by the architects. The existing row house on this long, narrow property measuring 3.75 m across and 16.92 m deep was torn down to make way for a new residence. The design adapts to the distinctive site by playing up deep lines of sight. Segmented split-level floors overlap with one basement and three above-ground floors, providing visual outlets in a number of directions. The basement contains a multi-purpose space, the first floor an entryway, the second floor a combined living-dining-kitchen area and desk space, the third floor bedrooms and bathrooms, and above that there is a rooftop area.  

©  Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

Scattered staircases connecting the split-level floors create multiple up-down circulation routes, giving form to an image of wandering through the house rather than moving monotonously within it. The nature of the site is ill-suited to gazing at exterior views, so we approached the interior as a landscape of its own. Residents are able to stand or sit at various spots inside the house and enjoy this interior landscape. The idea was not simply to design a place for spending time but rather to think about time.  

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© Toshiyuki Yano
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Outside, a stainless-steel chain curtain hangs across the façade. It can be closed to gently deflects prying eyes or opened to provide a feeling of expansiveness. While people tend to associate stainless steel curtains with the hardness of metal, when used on a building-sized scale, they flutter in the wind and convey a surprisingly soft impression. The result is a façade that lets in light while maintaining privacy during the day, and at night turns into a glittering veil illuminated by the interior lighting.

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© Toshiyuki Yano

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Cite: "House in Minami-tanabe / FujiwaraMuro Architects" 04 May 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/870210/house-in-minami-tanabe-fujiwaramuro-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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