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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.

Shino in Wakayama, Japan by KimuraMatsumoto Architects

 
April 25th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: KimuraMatsumoto Architects

The mountainside property is surrounded by vast rice paddies and fields for growing vegetables, and a narrow waterway winding around them. Between these fields are scattered houses and sheds. On what was previously a rice paddy, we planned to build a one-story house to be lived in by our coworker’s family of four.

Image Courtesy © Yuko Tada

  • Architects: KimuraMatsumoto Architects
  • Project: Shino
  • Location: Wakayama, Japan
  • Photography: Yuko Tada
  • Principal use: house
  • Site area: 416.6m2
  • Building area: 126.1m2
  • Total floor area: 118.5m2
  • Structure: steel
  • Design: 2010-2012
  • Construction: 2012.02-2012.10
  • Structure engineers: Eisuke Mitsuda
  • Fabric: fabricscape

Image Courtesy © Yuko Tada

Firstly, we placed a 17 x 10 m roof in the middle of the property. Next, by keeping a 14 x 6.4 m one-span steel frame slightly angled, in order to support the roof, we were able to construct a large single structure.

Image Courtesy © Yuko Tada

And then, below the structure, we placed floor, nested rooms, furniture and curtains, giving a direction, respectively. They are surrounded with the frame which consisted of thin steel materials, exterior walls made of wood and glass.

Image Courtesy © Yuko Tada

Solid steel props, of exterior walls made of wood and glass ( 32 x 50 mm ) or of curtains ( 30 x 30mm ) are large in number, so the dimensions of them are small. In contrast, square tubular steel columns ( 250 x 250 mm ) supporting the large roof are few in number, yet we can recognize the direction of this space by their large dimensions.

Image Courtesy © Yuko Tada

In regard to how the flow of water has characterized this area, people have built their sheds, houses, electrical wires, and managed tree windbreaks, and fields. From simplifying these specific natural land formations and following coordination of people’s lives in the area, we composed environmental elements. Based on the characteristics of these environmental elements, we composed fitting architectural elements.

Image Courtesy © Yuko Tada

This space has revealed itself as not only having the characteristics of a house, but having those of a landscape. Through this project, we planned the situation of “living in an environment,” rather than, “living in a house.”

Image Courtesy © Yuko Tada

Image Courtesy © Yuko Tada

Image Courtesy © Yuko Tada

Image Courtesy © Yuko Tada

Image Courtesy KimuraMatsumoto Architects

Image Courtesy KimuraMatsumoto Architects

Image Courtesy KimuraMatsumoto Architects

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