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 SSK in Chiba, Japan by Takeshi Hirobe Architects
June 1st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Takeshi Hirobe Architects
This architecture is intended to link the beautiful ocean spreading in front and the rocky mountain behind. Requests from the client are living-dining room with kitchen, bathroom with the ocean view, guest room and spare room that can be used as garage. Courtyard is provided, being surrounded by the main quarter, guest room and spare room. It has multiple functions; it serves as a reflecting pool when filled with water; is used as a dog yard; and also becomes exterior living room extended from the interior. It creates an appropriate distance between the main quarter and spare room, yet at the same time maintains the visual axis from the ocean to the mountain while blocking the view from the street. The structure that links the ocean and the mountain is supported by space truss-arch structure and LVL panel wall structure. Here tunnel-like succession of the wooden frames is realized, without installing support walls in the direction perpendicular to the main axis.
A building moves in the same way music does.
Of course it’s not the actual structure that moves. That structure is firmly fixed to the earth, but as the earth itself moves over the course of one day, different kinds of light flood in, and as the seasons progress other changes also occur. As we spend time inside the building we are able to sense those changes, and we are reminded that we, too, are a part of the earth.
I feel this sense of the earth and our place on it is extremely importantif we are to reside with dignity in a given space.
Light is the medium that brings about this awareness, but in order to sense light deeply, a certain amount of shadow is also necessary. Using materials that have a strong presence to express gradations of light and shadow is a constant goal in my work. Put broadly, I believe my job is to create the atmosphere of each space that is born.
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