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.
Atlas House in Osaka, Japan by Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates
May 22nd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates
The architectural languages with special meaning have been used for Japanese residence since ancient times.For example, Tokonoma referring to a built-in recessed space in a Japanese style reception room, highlights invisible planning described as the upper and lower seat by its presence beyond the ability to decorate things.
The meaning of main pillar is interesting among them. The main pillar emerges an invisible planning beyond the structural function generally as the metaphor.
The example which bleaches “the meaning” from such architectural languages and retranslated to abstract language is a mainstream in contemporary architecture. However we would like to think of the possibilities of architecture by the power with believing in the power of the “meaning” which is almost thrown away.
This architecture stands up by three main pillars. The main pillars are so called “Atlas” supporting the sky and ” The empty main pillars” leading to the sky” with being full of “emptiness” without supporting load.
Based on “The empty main pillars”, classification and arrangement of residence as well as medical office and rooms are planned as surrounding them with following its power.
Just like tracing invisible planning emerged by the main pillars.representing the head of a family, sometimes representing the boundaries between an earth floor and a room floored with tatami mats, sometimes symbolizing the center of a house and orienting the direction around the pillar.
Classification and arrangement of residence as well as medical office and rooms become a boundary between the residence and clinic as following invisible planning emerged by the main pillars. Each room is arranged so as to surround the main pillars.
By this stellate placement, the three main pillars become ” The empty main pillars” which fill up with the emptiness with disentangling themselves from physical load and yet with being a wooden architecture.