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.
Ground and Above Roof House in Ibaraki-shi, Japan by SPACESPACE
August 14th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: SPACESPACE
A house situated in the residential area and near railway station and is built on the corner lot located one lot behind the main street. The house site borders the streets on the north and the east, and in the east (a longer adjacent to the street) there are a T-junction and an open car park on a culvert. This is an area of having a peculiar atmosphere of openness, where signboards and pot plants stick out into the street and there are many long-term residents, who are often seen chatting on the street. This house site is a gspecial spot of district designated under the zoning regulation, as there is a change in the zoning near the border of the next-door house site, which enable the house to be built slightly higher than the next-door house of the south.
Under such surroundings, a two-story wooden house is built. With the view to creating living space linked with lively atmosphere, there are only a hall and a hill on the first floor which leads to the street, while the second floor is taken a good distance from busy street and its roof is lifting higher than the neighboring ones which enables the first floor to receive enough sunlight. In winter the kamakura-shaped hill with a bathroom inside can store solar heat gathered through a large window located upper south part on the first floor. It can also be functioned as various living goods such as a sofa when facing a TV, a verandah when sitting from the outside with a window open, a screen from the entrance, a storehouse and a play place for children.
The bedrooms on the second floor are minimum size so the hall is used for all activities other than sleeping such as study or reading. From the second floor window a roof top view different from the view from the first floor window opens up.
The space linked up with functions of the house and the movement of wind, heat, living, people and goods may only be called gtwo-story wooden house at present. However, it is different from the usual one because there is no appropriate name for this space so far.