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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.

zigzag in Japan by mA-style architects

October 7th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: mA-style architects

The building site is located on residential area that was subdivided by development project in 1980.
We can see nice fields of rice and other crops around here. Well kept street consists of homogeneous volume. The streets of the city cross each other at right angles.  There is no shielding, only the sky covers us.

Front View

Our first impression was ‘familiar place in Japan’, but we also thought this kind of homologousness is rather character of this area. We began to thought the building plan that enables the house to develop in proportion to the local. We propsed to construct the house which involves organic connection and lifestyle in it.


Bird Eye View

To do so, we placed one zigzag wall on the site. The Zigzag wall makes divided spaces. Each spaces are covered 3 sides by walls, and 1 side is opened to the grounds. The inside and outside are connected by Zigzag wall. The wall located outside goes to the inside, the wall located inside goes to the out side.

Exterior View

The private space changes to open space by Zigzag wall. Zigzag wall also produced good results such as wind and sunlight from outside. we paid attention to aperture, one is not noticeable, and the other is highlight. By doing so, we succeeded to make sharp and sharper in the building. Also, we investigated the scale of aperture minutely. We want to create suitable place with their life style by developing various sequence in the building.


Exterior View

The place of life should be composed of constant rhythm, not abstract concept. Thus, we finally succeeded to express organic architectural style. Zigzag house is completely different from court house style which shuts to the surround, that enables resident to live with everything which includes surroundings, family and changing of the structure. Zigzag house shows the way of life for everyone.


Exterior View

Back View

Interior View


Interior View

Interior View

Interior View

Night View




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