I started thinking and practicing about the middle area (‘engawa’, sunroom etc.) with the airlock entrance as a trigger. I was born and grew in cold climates and continued design while living there, so I began thinking about the middle area. At the beginning of my design I had a consciousness of "a middle area to protect". It is a space "between" the human consciousness from the inner space to the outer space. This resembles the process of Alva Aalto architecture, which was built against the Northern European severity of nature. People put themselves in the inner space, feeling the outer space from there, and touching it. The airlock entrance was made in cold district as a "middle area to protect" architecture that prevents cold air from flowing outside into the room during the winter season.
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