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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.

K-HOUSE in Nagoya city, Japan by D.I.G Architects

 
August 29th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: D.I.G Architects

A small house located on a steep slanting slope. The client simply wanted a life with a blessing of nature nearby and the beautiful townscape in distance. The site was steeply sloped down, almost like a cliff, leaving only a narrow platform wide enough for a car. We first had an idea to excavate the ground to generate a living space.  Corresponding the nature form, heterogeneous and flexible space would retrieve the enchantment of the site. Not a house constructed on a cliff, but a habitat generated by the nature form of the cliff. A habitat like a pit or a shed posteriorly discovered in the terrains of landscape.

Image Courtesy Tomohiro Sakashita

  • Architect: D.I.G Architects
  • Project: K-HOUSE
  • Location: Nagoya city, Japan
  • Project Architects: Akinori+Maki Yoshimura
  • Design: AKINORI YOSHIMURA+MAKI YOSHIMURA/D.I.G Architects/NAWAKENJI/NAWAKENJI-M
  • Complete: 2011.Dec
  • Collaborator: (structural design)NAWAKENJI /NAWAKENJI-M
  • Area: Total 89.4m2
  • Photo credit: Tomohiro Sakashita

Image Courtesy Tomohiro Sakashita

So we dig the earth to make the “floor”. Then a “sail” was set on that dent. The structural image of the generation of this “sail” is that the closed and self-contained systems like a polyhedron or a sphere, came down to the site and was spread up through anchoring to the earth. Now we’ve got a certain volume on a steeply slanting surface wrapped with a pitted earth and the sail-like tent on top. Then we put a flat and straight deck bridging the vacant space. There’s no function assigned for this deck for the moment.

Image Courtesy Tomohiro Sakashita

But you might have moments in the life surrounded and protected by the earth that you need a place detached from the ground. There’s no partition dividing space, but level differences by a deck and a pit that generate characteristics for the empty space. The uses are not regulated except the bathroom. You think how to use while in use, through the direct feeling to your body.

Image Courtesy Tomohiro Sakashita

Image Courtesy Tomohiro Sakashita

Image Courtesy Tomohiro Sakashita

Image Courtesy Tomohiro Sakashita

Image Courtesy Tomohiro Sakashita

Image Courtesy Tomohiro Sakashita

Image Courtesy Tomohiro Sakashita

Image Courtesy Tomohiro Sakashita

Image Courtesy Tomohiro Sakashita

Image Courtesy Tomohiro Sakashita

Image Courtesy Tomohiro Sakashita

Image Courtesy Tomohiro Sakashita

Image Courtesy Tomohiro Sakashita

Proofread by: Anand Gangal

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