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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.

A House in Kisami in Shizuoka, Japan by Florian Busch Architects

 
September 16th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Florian Busch Architects

The ‘A’ House in Kisami is a private retreat overlooking the ocean at the southernmost tip of the Izu Peninsula, about 180km south of Tokyo. Located at the end of a tiny mountain road leading up a coastal hill, the site is on a steep slope with stunning views and sounds of the sea.

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  • Architects: Florian Busch Architects
  • Project: A House in Kisami
  • Location: Kisami, Shizuoka, Japan
  • Project Data: 167 m² (204 m² including terrace and bathing exterior) Reinforced concrete
  • Project Team: FBA: Florian Busch, Sachiko Miyazaki, Seiko Yuki, Tomoyuki Sudo, Holger Pausch (intern)
  • Structural engineering: Ove Arup Japan
  • Mechanical engineering: Ymo Hiroyuki Yamada, Naomi Kagawa
  • Contractor: Daido Corporation
  • Type: Residential
  • Complitetion date: 2009 -2011
  • Status: Completed
  • Photography: Hiroyasu Sakaguchi AtoZ

Image Courtesy © Hiroyasu Sakaguchi AtoZ

A young couple, both outdoor enthusiasts, asked for a simple retreat set in the outside that would give them and their children a stark contrast to their daily lives in downtown Tokyo.

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With most of the site sloped at 30 degrees and less than a tenth flat, the project started with carving out the mountain. Placing a small volume into the resultant trapezoidal carved-out void, and a larger one on top turns the mountain void into the center of the house: a spa zone in the mountain between the platonic volumes housing bedrooms on the lower and living on the upper level.

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When the spaces in-between become the building’s essence, it is hard not to realize that architecture is not about objects. The built only frames this essence: the exterior space that flows through the building, down the mountain and connects the A House with the sea.

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Image Courtesy © Hiroyasu Sakaguchi AtoZ

Image Courtesy © Hiroyasu Sakaguchi AtoZ

Image Courtesy © Hiroyasu Sakaguchi AtoZ

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First Floor Plan

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First Floor Plan

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