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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.

Pit House in Okayama Prefecture, Japan by UID Architects

 
November 2nd, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: UID Architects

The house positions itself in Okayama Prefecture near Seto Inland Sea. The site is located on a terraced mountain hill that was developed as a residential land. The family is consisted of a married couple and a child. We considered a new way of architecture on the site condition, where views are open towards the north and the ground level is one meter higher than the road level.

Image Courtesy (c) Koji Fujii / Nacása & Partners Inc.

  • Architects: UID Architects (Keisuke Maeda)
  • Project: Pit House
  • Location: Okayama Prefecture, Japan
  • Consultants: Konishi Structural Engineers – Yasutaka Konishi, Takeshi Kaneko, structural; Toshiya Ogino Environment Design Office – Toshiya Ogino
  • General contractor: Nakamura Construction Co.Ltd.
  • Structural system: steel structure
  • Used materials: Exterior: ceder plate,wood protection paont,
  • Interior: structual plywood,exposed concrete,wood protection paint,cherry flooring
  • Site area: 232.12
  • Built area: 115.32
  • Total floor area: 116.66
  • Date of completion: Octorber, 2011
  • Photography credits: Koji Fujii / Nacása & Partners Inc.

Image Courtesy (c) Koji Fujii / Nacása & Partners Inc.

The relationship is as if the site’s natural environment and the architecture coexist at the same time. The architecture has become a part of the whole landscape of undivided environment, not simply thinking about connection to the surroundings from the cut off opening in walls.

Image Courtesy (c) Koji Fujii / Nacása & Partners Inc.

This time, we came up with a living form that accepts the outside environment such as surface of the terraced land, surrounding neighboring houses’ fences and walls, residences that sit along the slope and far beyond mountains. The architectural principle is not a division from the land with a wall, but an interior that is an extension of the outside and connection of the surface like a pit dwelling that is undivided from the land.

Image Courtesy (c) Koji Fujii / Nacása & Partners Inc.

In concrete, six types of floor levels including a round floor that is created by digging the surface are connected with a concrete cylinder core at the center. Furthermore, delicate and multiple branch-like columns that support the slightly floating boxes produce various one-room spaces.

Image Courtesy (c) Koji Fujii / Nacása & Partners Inc.

Environment and architecture create new extensive relationship by connecting surfaces. The
territory is undefined in the space in a body sense. I think that is more natural relationship of an
architecture standing in a landscape.……………………………………………………………………………

Image Courtesy (c) Koji Fujii / Nacása & Partners Inc.

Image Courtesy (c) Koji Fujii / Nacása & Partners Inc.

Image Courtesy (c) Koji Fujii / Nacása & Partners Inc.

Image Courtesy (c) Koji Fujii / Nacása & Partners Inc.

Image Courtesy (c) Koji Fujii / Nacása & Partners Inc.

Image Courtesy (c) UID Architects

Image Courtesy (c) UID Architects

Image Courtesy (c) UID Architects

Image Courtesy (c) UID Architects

Image Courtesy (c) UID Architects

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