SJ Building / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier

SJ Building / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier

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SJ Building / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
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Text description provided by the architects. This is a three-storied reinforced-concrete structure, complex building in the city of the castle town. The site was located at the Intersection entering the shrine approach from the main road, and where, in the old days, a liquor store was run serving sake to worshipers at the special events. So, the site was deeply linked to the local community.

SJ Building / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier - Interior Photography, Table, Chair, Beam, Windows
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SJ Building / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier - Interior Photography, Door, Table, Chair
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The building is structured like a three-dimensional townhouse in which a wine shop on a ground floor, a grandmother's house, a canteen, and the owner's house are spirally stacked along a slope. Each can be regarded as an independent space that is not connected as a use, but since these are organically connected, and the lives of residents are realized with that, the whole can be regarded as one house.

SJ Building / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier - Interior Photography, Windows, Handrail
© Toshiyuki Yano

The wine shop take over the relationship with the local community, and then elderly people who visit nearby hospitals can stop by the cafeteria. We aimed at an architecture that can form an open relationship naturally. There are no steps inside the building, and each room is approached from an outdoor slope.

SJ Building / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier - Interior Photography, Kitchen, Facade, Windows, Handrail
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As you climb the spiral, you can feel the scenery of the castle town in various directions and heights on a daily basis. This change in height brings changes in the floor height and ceiling height of the interior space, and rooms with various expressions appear with opening to the surrounding environment through the slope.

SJ Building / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Toshiyuki Yano

The building is connected to four streets, including an alley between adjacent buildings, and the slope forms a relationship with each street as an extension of the shrine approach and alley.

SJ Building / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Toshiyuki Yano

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Address:Saiki, Oita, Japan

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Cite: "SJ Building / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier" 25 Jan 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/955590/sj-building-takao-shiotsuka-atelier> ISSN 0719-8884

© Toshiyuki Yano

SJ 螺旋坡道住宅 / 盐塚隆生建筑事务所

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