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.
The Corner house in Kitashirakawa, Kyoto by UME architects
March 9th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: UME architects
The site is located in Kitashirakawa, Kyoto adjacent to astream, the Higashiyama mountains with its ‘Daimonji’ of ‘Gozan-no-Okuribi’ (a summer event in Kyoto) and has distant views to Hieizanmountains. The site overlooks open-spaces bothacross the street where the local university has a botanical garden, and adjoining where achildren’s playgroundis situated. Together the two open spaces turn the site into a corner block.
How can architecture respond to such a site?; As a response, I saw the roof as is an important contextual element within the area and develop it as a concept.In this quiet residential area, there are narrow streets with a mix of old and new houses,in which their appearance and roof forms are diverse.As an approach to the context, I selected an appropriate roof for both the program and the site and made a study.As a result, I decided to choose simple sloped roof with a ridge in a diagonal line.The roofform was eventually deliberated and discussed in a design review panelas the shapewas unprecedented within the strict designguidelines of Kyoto. The roof form was eventually approvedas itdemonstrated that despite thehouse’sscale, it considered the urban contextand conformed to thestultifying regulations of Kyoto.
Thehouse is for a family of 4 people. The main spaces are open to forma single spaceand act as the hub of second floor where the family spends most of their time. The space is connected to the third floor anda loft by avoid, which is covered by a large ceiling projecting from a terrace.It is possible to live in this central space while feeling all the signs of family life with the blind spots made by floor slabs with different levels, kitchen and stairs.This simple framework, which allows the space to stand out, details were planned minutely providing the house with consistency and coherence to the design.
A “band” attached to four sides on the second floor is used as a cabinet and a bay window that creates a space for planting, the display of objects, as well as a bench and a peak. This band reinterpretsthe traditional ‘En’(veranda-like), ‘Shoin’(study-like) and ‘Toko’(alcove-like) ‘Degoushi’(grilled oriel-like) andtransforms an abundant residential configuration into expansiveness space, that acts both physically and psychologically.The “bands” depth thickens the boundary of the wall making the division between in-and-out ambiguous.
The eyes scanrove across planting on a terrace and a peak, cherry blossoms in children’s playground, university botanical garden and far mountains, and not just the borrowed scenery from an opened window.In this house the family is living while feeling body movement, a diffuse vision and the experimental link severy day acton the unconsciousness.
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