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House of Trough in Hokkaido, Japan by Jun Igarashi Architects
March 14th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
The site is located in the east of Hokkaido. And this architecture is planned for husband and wife in flagpole site form. Surroundings this site, next house is in east side, and next house’s garage is in north side. It has no need to view surroundings with work place of iron factory in south side. And the garden of next house in the west, but it is difficult to predict how changing with this place would finally feel. This house was designed while considering climate environment and surrounding context.
Non-depend view to surroundings
At this site, a buffer zone is set at south side and north side, considering client’s living image that causes how to take a distance to non-depend view surroundings. And LDK is set at the center of two buffer zones.
The architect intended to occur physical distance to each living spaces, by cubical setting volumes; in the south side of buffer zone, 4 layers composed by master bedroom, guest room, entrance, spare room, and in the north side of buffer zone, 3 layers composed by water function, closet, study.
Concurrently, there are various place opening with these buffer zone spaces, and strong light insert this buffer zone. The floor of south buffer zone reflects the light to ceiling, and changes to diffused light from lightning through the curtain. The 3rd floor slab adjusts insulation as like an eaves. Thus, soft light is inserted to LDK that has large area and high ceiling.
You feel like in the forum place and the central large pillar divide living space softly, it becomes strength of dweller. The spatial composition of cubical double buffer zone connect to forum, it support the sense. Living space occurred by considering site condition and climate environment. Coexisting of kindly spaces for human and room closing. That is to say, living space like a calm and stable “trough”. You can feel the possibility in the space.
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