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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.

Reflection of Mineral in Tokyo, Japan by Atelier Tekuto

 
September 10th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Atelier Tekuto

The site is located near the center of Tokyo. It is a small 44m2 corner plot bounded by two streets. Conforming to legal conditions and in response to the client’s wish for a ‘roofed garage’ the volume was trimmed from various directions. Using the words ‘Mineral’ and ‘reflection’ as guiding concepts, Atelier Tekuto proceeded to use subtraction as a positive tool for design.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Makoto Yoshida)

  • Architect: Yasuhiro Yamashita+Yoichi Tanaka/Atelier Tekuto
  • Name of Project: Reflection of Mineral
  • Location: Nakano, Tokyo, Japan
  • Structural design: Takeyuki Gaino{Nobuyuki Suzue/G.DeSIGN
  • Photographer: Makoto Yoshida

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Makoto Yoshida)

  • Site area: 44.62‡u
  • Building area: 31.11‡u
  • Total floor area: 86.22‡u
  • Structure: RC
  • Construction: Shigeki Matusoka{Shuichi Nakade/Home Builder

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Makoto Yoshida)

MINERAL

Minerals are phenomena that combine abstract properties (conceptual objects) with nonfigurative properties (objects whose presence of matter is more tangible). Changes from transparent to translucent to opaque occur according to light intensity and angle. The mineral body cannot be regarded as a simple element.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Makoto Yoshida)

REFLECTION

Reflection is a recent concept pertaining to the perception of space. Vision is an important factor in the recognition of space. By controlling geometries (facets with three factors: transparent, translucent and opaque) and entangling them in a three-dimensional way inside the internal space, visual reflection is induced. This results in a deviation from the restrictiveness of space.

Bird Eye View (Images Courtesy Makoto Yoshida)

As people move inside the space, or as light enters from changing angles, the facet’s presence changes, creating a dynamic space. In contrast to the abstractness of the polyhedron are the kitchen, counter shelf, stairs, floors and toilet box equipped with functionality that exist as nonfigurative objects.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Makoto Yoshida)

The third floor bathroom unit features a mirror finish in stainless steel, which combines both concepts of object and reflection, and presents itself as a substitution of both ‘minerals’ and ‘reflection’.

The Relationship with the surrounding environment is expressed in the small plaza open to the street, a piloti like space that emerged after placing the garage on ground floor. Its liberating feeling might trigger some change in the surrounding streetscape.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Makoto Yoshida)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Makoto Yoshida)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Makoto Yoshida)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Makoto Yoshida)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Makoto Yoshida)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Makoto Yoshida)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Makoto Yoshida)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Makoto Yoshida)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Makoto Yoshida)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Makoto Yoshida)

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