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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.

DEVICE #9 in Oyumino, Chiba, Japan by N MAEDA ATELIER

 
October 5th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: N MAEDA ATELIER

DEVICE #9 is our idea of the simplest architectural format.
 The format starts with a completely empty box. The only “rules” are to implant four GARDENs serving as devices. The only other thing we have done is to place facilities and objects indispensable for living.
 To metaphorize, the empty box is a flat steel sheet, and the four GARDENs are magnets positioned below the steel sheet.

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  • Architects: N MAEDA ATELIER
  • Project: DEVICE #9
  • Location: Oyumino, Chiba, Japan
  • Design: 2002~2003
  • Construction: 2003
  • Structual system: Steel flame: 1stories
  • Maximum height: 4.000mm
  • Consultants: Takumi Shinbo , structural
  • Site area: 192.80 m2
  • Built area: 96.28 m2
  • Total floor area: 96.28 m2

Major materials

  • Exterior: Metal(aluminum) finish
  • Interior: gypsum plaster board

Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

The external environment and the actions of the dweller are inserted therein, just like scattering sand on the steel sheet. Only the way in which the environment and the mind of the dweller exist create the visage of DEVICE #9 and color it.
The floor of the four GARDENs serving as devices are mirror-polished stainless steel, so the blue sky, clouds, sunset, moon, tree boughs waving in the breeze, etc., are transported to the floor level of this single-story house, and further, the glass of the GARDENs is tilted, so blowing rain is metamorphosed into glittering eavesdrops like raindrops running down a car windshield. On a snowy day, DEVICE #9 is transformed into a world of white.

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When a day is not sunny, that is, on rainy or cloudy days, or even snowy days, we tend to feel down, but DEVICE #9 is an empty box that lets us look forward to the several days of rain every month or the occasional snowy day.

Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

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Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

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Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

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Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

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