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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.

SunnyHills in Minami-Aoyama, Japan by Kengo Kuma & Associates

 
March 20th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kengo Kuma & Associates

This shop, specialized in selling pineapple cake (popular sweet in Taiwan), is in the shape of a bamboo basket. It is built on a joint system called “Jiigoku-Gumi,” traditional method used in Japanese wooden architecture (often observed in Shoji: vertical and cross pieces in the same width are entwined in each other to form a muntin grid).

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  • Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Project: SunnyHills
  • Location: Minami-Aoyama, Japan
  • Photography: Daici Ano
  • Structure: Jun Sato Structural Engineering
  • Facilities: Kankyo Engineering
  • Construction: Satohide Corporation
  • Site Area: 175.69m2
  • Building Area: 102.36m2
  • Total Floor Area: 293.00m2
  • No. of Floors: BF1, 1F, 2F, RF
  • Structure: Reinforced Concrete Partially Timber
  • Construction Period: 2012.November〜2013.December
  • Primary use: Store (retail)
  • Client: Sunny Hills Japan
  • Design Team: Kengo Kuma, Kenji Miyahara, Hiroaki Akiyama, Yuteki Dozono, Masahiro Minami
  • Hvac: San-ei Setsubi Kogyo
  • Plumbing: San-ei Setsubi Kogyo
  • Electric: Kokko Systems
  • Building Coverage: 58.26% (maximum allowed: 60%)
  • Floor area ratio: 166.77% (maximum allowed: 281.60%)

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Normally the two pieces intersect in two dimensions, but here they are combined in 30 degrees in 3 dimensions (or in cubic), which came into a structure like a cloud. With this idea, the section size of each wood piece was reduced to as thin as 60mm×60mm.

As the building is located in middle of the residential area in Aoyama, we wanted to give some soft and subtle atmosphere to it, which is completely different from a concrete box. We expect that the street and the architecture could be in good chemistry.

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