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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.

FUNES in Funabashi, Chiba, Japan by N MAEDA ATELIER

 
October 22nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: N MAEDA ATELIER

FUNES intentionally overturns the conventional Japanese housing program of “pluming to the rear”. Whoever decided that the living room and bedroom are served space and the bath and kitchen are servant space? FUNES eradicates the warped lifestyle program controlled by this dry functionality, and flattens out the lifestyle air, to create an enriched lifestyle atmosphere full of discoveries from the reverse.

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  • Architects: N MAEDA ATELIER
  • Project: FUNES
  • Location: Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
  • Design: 1993~1994
  • Construction: 1994
  • Structual system: Reinforced concrete+Steel frame, 3stories
  • Maximum height: 10.400mm
  • Consultants: Gorou Hata , structural
  • Site area: 79.21 m2
  • Built area: 61.46 m2
  • Total floor area: 136.38 m2

Major materials

  • Exterior: exposed concrete
  • Interior: painted concrete

Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

This attempt was at first a simulation within an audio-visual space, using electronic equipment. The quest: “how to create new communication with architecture”? The fruits harvested therefrom have been translated into a realistic audio-visual space in FUNES.

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The man of the house actually reads detective novels in the glass-walled bath while conversing with his wife cooking in the adjacent kitchen.

Another feature of FUNES is the triple-nested glass structure. Complex reflections and transmission of light through and off of transparent glass and translucent glass which differ from place to place makes the change in the room even greater. The east wall (morning sun) only has narrow slits, while the west wall (afternoon sun) is entirely glass plated. The difference between the morning and after noon light pass through the tri-layer glass, and create one unintentional scenery after another within the rooms.

Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

Image Courtesy © N MAEDA ATELIER

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