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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Hoto Fudo in Yamanashi, Japan by Takeshi Hosaka Architects

 
May 19th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

The project was planned on the site with Mt. Fuji rising closely in the south and the two sides facing the trunk roads. This building seems to belong to such nature objects as mountains and clouds. It is made from soft geometry, which will not arise from the figures like quadrangles and circles. By continuously operating innumerable polygon mesh points, we have determined the shape that clears the conditions such as the consistency as shell construction and the undulations that ward off rainwater in spite of its free geometry. The RC shell with cubic surfaces creates such spaces as 530 square meters of seats, 140 square meters of kitchens, and 50 square meters of rest rooms, in such a manner that it envelops and opens them.

Hoto Fudo

  • Architects: Takeshi Hosaka Architects
  • Project: Hoto Fudo
  • Location: Yamanashi, Japan
  • Structural engineering: Ove Arup & Partners/Hitoshi Yonamine
  • Photographer: Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Pertners Inc.
  • Client: Noboru Furuya

Hoto Fudo

  • Structure: RC
  • Site: 2493.82 m2
  • Building area: 733.98 m2
  • Floor area ratio: 726.30 m2
  • Building height: 7460 mm
  • No. of floors: 1F
  • Building function: local traditional food restaurant

Hoto Fudo

Planning data

  • Design: Feb.2008 – March 2009
  • Planning start: February  / 2008
  • Beginning of construction: March   / 2009
  • Completion: December / 2009

Image Courtesy Koji Fujii

This building has no air conditioners. It is open to the air at most seasons, and people have a meal in the air like outside air. The curved acrylic sliding door is closed only during the strong wind and the coldest season. Giving 60 mm thick urethane insulation to the outside of the RC shell and keeping a stable RC temperature secures a stable temperature environment for the building like inside and outside, and also reduces the deformation volume due to the temperature of RC to make the building last longer. For the lighting plan, we have determined such illumination as makes people simply feel changes in the evening light and does not make insects gather around the lights.

Image Courtesy Koji Fujii

When it rains, rain comes in near windows and doors. In the spaces where rain does not come in, people enjoy the sound of raindrops. When it is foggy, the fog comes into the building. When it snows, it becomes a landscape buried in snow, and birds and animals will visit there. In this place like the middle between nature and art, people eat hoto rich in natural ingredients.

Image Courtesy Koji Fujii

Hoto Fudo

Far view

Exterior View

Electric Wire

Exterior View

Image Courtesy Koji Fujii

Night View

Interior View

Interior View

Kitchen

Image Courtesy Koji Fujii

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