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.
Forest of Grid in Japan by YDS Architects
June 28th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: YDS Architects
This is a 6-story housing complex built in a shopping street. Life in an apartment is often isolated from the city nearby and loses public spaces.
We considered the meaning of ‘living together’, and tried to connect the housing with city by designing public spaces.
The main concept of this housing is putting a court-like plaza into the public area where nature and the architecture stimulate each other. In a way, putting a forest into the city.
Although the space is small, it would be a small universe where they would feel various spatial experiences and feel a joy of living with nature.
The image was that cloud-like walls fold housing units made of grids. In order to bring a harmonic rhythm into the daily life of the residents, I inserted uniform grid.
The rigid grids express order and calmness in the spaces of this housing.
The housing is consists of grid frames of square columns and beams and two walls. A court like plaza is placed between the two walls, and stairs are put around the court.
By putting the court in the route from the entrance hall to the stairs, residents always feel nature. I placed plaza with bench of exposed concrete in the 2nd floor next to the stair.
Court and plaza connected by the stair stimulate the everyday life of the residents and illustrate their life.
I intended to make these spaces open to the city to inspire the context nearby and contribute to the urban life. The curved wall surround the court is a node of the housing and the city.
Through the big hole digged in the wall,residents see the city and people outside the apartment can see the trees in the court. The column is inserted into the court, and it integrate architecture and nature.
The outer walls are freed from the grids, so light and wind go through the housing units from tall sashes. A satisfactory habitability can be expected from the use of these walls.
The sky is framed by the walls of the court is like’ your own sky for the residents, and also this typical sky could be viewed from the people outside the housing. By sharing this distinctive sky, residents and people in the city relate with each other and this housing would blend in the city.
This was an attempt to expand living spaces and to make an environment softly connects it with the city by creating public spaces which are open to the city.
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