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THE ROSE in Tokyo, Japan by N Maeda Atelier

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Article source: Norisada Maeda

Three lumps scooped out from a rectangular pudding result in the emerging of spatial [recto] and [verso].[recto]meaning the air filling the three concavities on the pudding ‘s surface. it is defined by the surrounding [outer skin visible from the outside = wall] accommodates room function with public character in close relationship with the outside such as LOUNGE, PARKING, ENTRY.[verso] meaning the inside of the scooped-out pudding’s volume.  it is defined by the surrounding [outer skin facing the interior = wall] accommodates room function with personal character in close relationship with the interior such as BEDROOM, STUDY, GARDEN Communication planned between the air’s [recto] and [verso] that are both products of the [scooping out] creates a twist in their relationship.

Image Courtesy © N Maeda Atelier

  • Architects: N Maeda Atelier
  • Project: THE ROSE
  • Location: Minato, Tokyo, Japan
  • Design: N MAEDA ATELIER-Norisada Maeda
  • Design: 2002~2003
  • Construction: 2003~2004
  • Structual system: Reinforced concrete, 3 stories + basement
  • Maximum height: 9.900mm
  • Consultants: Hirokazu In , structural
  • Site area: 150.18 m2
  • Built area: 87.75 m2
  • Total floor area: 288.99 m2

Major materials: 

  • exterior: exposed concrete
  • interior: exposed concrete


Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Article source: MIRAG

This small pavilion is an extension of the hospital of Sant Pere de Ribes (Barcelona). MIRAG had the will of creating a more domestic space for patients with a terminal disease. The patients can use a welcoming private space where they have a ‘relation area’ and a ‘personal area’ with visual contact with the countryside surroundings. The pavilion has 3 private units and also a common area -where workshop can be held-.

Aerial exterior view of the pavilion. The façade emulates the surrounding crop fields, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

  • Architects: MIRAG
  • Project: CentreCaixa in Sant Pere de Ribes Hospital
  • Location: Hospital Sant Camil. Carretera de Puigmoltó
  • Photography: Jordi Surroca
  • Typology: Integral care center
  • Authors: MIRAG Arquitectura i Gestió (Pau Millet & Xavier Ramoneda, architects)
  • Year: 2010
  • Developer:  ‘La Caixa’ foundation
  • Budget: 250.000 €
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