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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.

House of Setagaya in Tokyo, Japan by Kazuya Shikinami

 
July 24th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kazuya Shikinami

When we first visited our site, there was a grove on the lot beside it. When we started to construct our project these trees were already removed from the mentioned lot. On our first design of this project, we decided to remove the grove in the neighboring site completely. In this way, we tried to incorporate the original landscape of the city on our site.

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  • Architects: Kazuya Shikinami/SKAL+Shin Yokoo/OUVI
  • Project: House of Setagaya
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Project credit:  SKAL+OUVI
  • Planning : Kazuya Shikinami/SKAL
  • Structural engineer : OUVI  (Team: Shin Yokoo,Keita KIsami)
  • Landscaping: Fujikura landscaping design office

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  • Construction: Seiko Construction Co., Ltd.
  • Photograph: Syuya Amemiya
  • Site area:93.03square metres
  • Built area:45.61square metres
  • Floor area:91.28square metres
  • Number of floors : 2+Loft
  • Construction methods: Wooden construction methods

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First, we made a space that is covered by low and deep eaves. We wanted our to have an adequate distance from the neighboring site in order get enough sunlight on the ground floor of the house. So, we planned to set the building diagonally instead of having it parallel to the site and put trees and plants randomly surrounding the house. The remaining gaps, not covered by trees and plants, created an illusion that the lot is spacious and allowed the sunlight to enter the different areas of the house.

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Second, the rooms were arranged in certain order putting into consideration how they are going to be used in daily life. The passage of the entrance, kitchen and dinning room, living room and kids room, bathroom, bed room were placed in parallel with each other so that from one perspective these rooms appear to be only one.

That grove is now completely removed and new residences have stood beside our site. We already accomplished our design for the house but until  the trees and plants grow and surpass the eaves that’s the only time when we can say that we have fully incorporated  the original landscape and environment of the city. Time can only tell when our design will be fully realized naturally.

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