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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.

i.n.g in Toyota, Japan by Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

 
April 8th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

This is the project for two-family house by reconstruction. Every time I witnessed the demolition work before reconstruction, I’ve had some uncomfortable feelings by the view of vacant land. The old house is a building containing lots of thoughts and memories for the owner and it is also a part constituting the town-scape from the community viewpoint. Therefore, based on the idea that there should be a way to renew the house while keeping the old town-scape even in reconstruction project, I proposed a house with Japanese-style outlook to fit naturally into the existing fence and external garden.

Image Courtesy © Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

  • Architects: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
  • Project: i.n.g
  • Location: Toyota, Japan
  • Photography: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
  • Software Used: Vectorworks
  • Site Area: 453.88m2
  • Built Area: 160.56m2
  • Total Floor Area: 147.67m2
  • Type of Construction: Wooden
  • Exterior Materials: paint finish
  • Interior Materials: paint finish、Lauan plywood
  • Design time: January, 2012 – November, 2012
  • Year of completion: July, 2013
  • Design team: Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
  • Structure company: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
  • Construction company: Inoue construction Ltd

Image Courtesy © Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

As for the interior, I made many studies to emphasize the boundary between two families. In the final plan the exterior buffer space (inner garden) is placed between two houses to set the boundary, just as buildings in residential area stand side by side with adequate sense of distance. Common entrance and desk space are positioned in the same manner. Unlike the houses in a town-scape it is the boundary within a family here, therefore four houses facing each other are loosely connected in the interior while each maintaining its independence by slanted ceiling. Line of sight is adequately blocked by the difference of elevation with inner garden to secure a moderate level of privacy.

Image Courtesy © Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

The outlook is designed referring to existing fences and gardens and the interior was constructed using the spatial relationship between houses in residential area. This housing project is designed not by creating totally new ideas of the designer, but by trying to utilize existing relationship.

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Image Courtesy © Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Image Courtesy © Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Image Courtesy © Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Image Courtesy © Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

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