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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.

Geo Metria in Kanagawa, Japan by MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

 
July 7th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

Structure of the land
On the crest of Hakone´s mountain range along the Odawara plain is a site. It´s sunny rolling hillside was once planted with fruit trees. On the south side you have a clear view of the distant Sagami Bay, north of the site a mountain gives shelter from the north wind. Deciduous broad-leaved trees cast soothing shadow in summer, in winter they shed their leaves and allow weak sunlight to warm up the moist mountain soil. The perfect living environment was there, waiting quietly to be found. Rather than bringing a new priciple that is not derived from the land in order to complete a „normal“ house, a place of habitability should be established here.

Image Courtesy © MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

  • Architects: MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO
  • Project: Geo Metria
  • Location: Kanagawa, Japan
  • Photography: Ken’ichi Suzuki
  • Year of completion: 2011
  • Construction period: 2011.4-2011.12
  • Property size: 429.40m2
  • Gross floor area: 155.66m2
  • Other aspects, special design features: LVL frame, geometry
  • Office information: Masahiro Harada + MAO / MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO
    web: http://www14.plala.or.jp/mfas/fuji.htm
    mail: fuji-s@rmail.plala.or.jp
    tel: 
    +81(0)3-3475-1800

Image Courtesy © Ken’ichi Suzuki

My mission as an architect is to draw out the latent “habitability” of the land, adjust and amplify it, so that it provides just enough for a man to live.In short, we aimed to construct an architecture completely organized by the land.

The resolution is to reduce the designing step and leave only fundamental constructive factors, setting frames and building a roof, then we “listen to the land” and make a decision.

Image Courtesy © Ken’ichi Suzuki

Two sets of portal frames (about 12m in length) are combined in an angle to fit the slight curve of the place and form a rack assembly with truss structure at the center. The material used as frame is laminated veneer lumber (38 x 286mm).  Such choice in material is achieved by efficiently distributing horizontal force on weak axes to back core through ridged-jointed truss on the ceiling. The thin structure is being achieved by efficiently distributing horizontal force on weak axes to the back core through a ridge-jointed truss underneath the ceiling. (The cross points in the middle part prevent a deflection of the 6-meter-long beams.)

Image Courtesy © Ken’ichi Suzuki

These fin-like columns with shelf plates also play a role of semi-transparent partition that separates the space loosely.

Each beams slant northward to support the roof that has enough pitch to cope with the rainy weather, and differentiate the ceiling height.

Image Courtesy © Ken’ichi Suzuki

Each beams slant is in a northward direction to support the roof that has enough pitch to handle the rainy weather and differentiate the ceiling height. Together with the tilted ground, this gives the spatial “variation” that complex life requires. As you see, the features of this site (geomorphic characteristics, amount of rain) add a special “geometry” to this architecture. It determines the structure and the resulting dwelling space and brings harmony amongst them.

Image Courtesy © Ken’ichi Suzuki

If you, as the origin of the word indicates, decide the order of an architecture (=geometry) by taking a close survey (=metria) of the land (=geo), the consequent architecture will have clear order while retaining the continuity of the land.
“Observing the site closely and finding its hidden geometry.”
That accounts for almost all of our design works and, is essence of it.

Image Courtesy © Ken’ichi Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Ken’ichi Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Ken’ichi Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Ken’ichi Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Ken’ichi Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Ken’ichi Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Ken’ichi Suzuki

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Image Courtesy © MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

Image Courtesy © Ken’ichi Suzuki

Image Courtesy © MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

Image Courtesy © MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

Image Courtesy © MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

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