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.
Mush room in Tokyo, Japan by N Maeda Atelier
June 22nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Norisada Maeda
The part of “Mash/Room” is lucid in its abstraction of the architecture – two pairs of slightly displaced L-blocks, each pair set perpendicular to the other, and one set protectively guarding the other. Transposed to real life, incorporeal digital renderings materialise in the form of substantive concrete L-shaped structures, exponentially magnifying and making tangible the sense of space that initially could only be imagined.
Occupying the entire first level of the two-storey residence is a garage that plays home to the inhabitant’s pride and joy of a car. Despite its expression of raw concrete – nothing too different from other garages or car parks – there is a sense of covertness that comes with driving under the lowered ceiling into a concrete, almost cave-like space. In the belly of the garage, the ceiling parts dramatically in negotiating a slightly higher ceiling, the chasm bridged by a glass skylight that strategically bathes the parking space with a diffused channel of light from above. Leading from one secret lair to another, a narrow flight of stairs verges one side of the garage, its intentionally-dimascension made to create a sense of suspense for what is to come upstairs.
This second level shelters functionally spare array of spaces that only include a lounge, a kitchen cum dining area and two terraces. The industrial expression of raw concrete is further emphasized with the use of strapping exposed steel beams that run across the ceiling above, tying the opposing L-blocks together. Beyond the steel beams, a skylight created by the slight shifting of the L-shaped structures floods the space with light through louvred windows.
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