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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.

Villa Kanousan in Kimitsu, Chiba, Japan by Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

 
November 26th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

This is a weekend cottage situated within the deep mountains area of midland of Bousou Peninsula. The site is located an Kanou Mountain, Kimitsu city. Traditional Japanese painting artist, Kaii Higashiyama(1909-99) once mentioned that he was awakened to a landscape painting by the majestic ravine scenary of this site-this cottage is sitting on the slope looking down this ravine.

Image Courtesy © Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

  • Architects: Yuusuke Karasawa Architects
  • Project: Villa Kanousan
  • Location: Kimitsu, Chiba, Japan
  • Design: 2007-2008
  • Construction: 2009
  • Consultants: gh9 co.,ltd.,mechanical(air condition)
  • General contractor: Eiger co.,ltd.—-Noriaki Fujii,Yousuke Ozaki
  • Structural system: timber
  • Materials used: rose mahogany,exterior; plaster board(emulsion paint finish).flooring and carpet,interior
  • Site area: 459.03m2
  • Built area: 51.83m2
  • Total floor area: 87.69m2

Image Courtesy © Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

The exterior shape of this building appears to be a simple cube. However, the interior consists of two layers of the traditional square plan, while a cubic volume is inserted to the points of intersection produced by the wall surfaces, the floor surfaces and the ceiling  that divide the space.

Image Courtesy © Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

The intersecting angle of each cube is defined by the rule of an algorithm, producing the most prominent character of this project——that adjacent cubes are tilted in a definite angle against each other. The rotation angle of the cubes defined by algorithmic rule dissects the interior volume into various spaces according to the header forms of the cutting plane, providing diverse spatial conditions as each individual room.

Image Courtesy © Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

The interior produced by this method have diverse characteristics for each space although the certain sense of order is given to the whole building since the setting of the cube angle is not random. This condition allows to experience the coexistence of the order and the diversity as antinomy based on the physical sensation of the space. It can be said that such coexistence of order and diversity is the most significant characteristic of the architectural space produced by an algorithmic rule.

Image Courtesy © Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

The toplight on the ceiling brings in the sunlight and filled up the room during the daytime.Beams of the sunlight come from unexpected direction and crisscrosses within the interior, bringing out more layers of complexity to the already diverse interior condition. The initial rotation angle of the cube is fixed according to the slope angle of the site, therefore the magnificent natural scenery is reflected and articulated to the spatial conditions of the interior space.The occupants of the space can feel the sense of unity to the scenery visible outside of the windows.

Image Courtesy © Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

This weekend cottage was completed under the unique methodology of configuring the spaces—while it exists within the grand nature, and its surrounding scenery is taken into the space. The result would be the new and original physical sensation and experience of the space.

Image Courtesy © Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

Image Courtesy © Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

Image Courtesy © Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

Image Courtesy © Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

Image Courtesy © Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

Image Courtesy © Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

Image Courtesy © Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

Image Courtesy © Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

Image Courtesy © Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

Image Courtesy © Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

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