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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.

House in Senzoku-Ike / Monolith, Japan by KIDOSAKI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

 
June 8th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: KIDOSAKI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

The creation of a building in which the space is simplified to the utmost limit and the people could have primitive experiences there: the House of Senzokuike, known as Monolith, was created under that proposition.

Image Courtesy © 45gPhotogrpy – Junji Kojima

  • Architects: KIDOSAKI ARCHITECTS STUDIO
  • Project: House in Senzoku-Ike / Monolith
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: 45gPhotogrpy – Junji Kojima
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Project Team: ITASAKA, Satoshi
  • Structural Engineer(s): Umezawa Structural Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineer(s): Tetens Engineering Co.,ltd
  • General Contractor: Mizusawa Komuten Inc.
  • Site Area: 324.94㎡
  • Building Area: 110.34㎡
  • Total Floor Area: 397.48㎡
  • Design Year(s): from Nov / 2011 to Nov / 2013
  • Construction Year(s): from Nov / 2013 to Sep / 2015

Image Courtesy © 45gPhotogrpy – Junji Kojima

Its initial concept was strongly influenced by the story of the 1968 movie “Space Odyssey 2001”, in which “Monolith”, a black extraterrestrial slate, first gives “intelligence” to an ape.

Image Courtesy © 45gPhotogrpy – Junji Kojima

Image Courtesy © 45gPhotogrpy – Junji Kojima

Not only the necessity of meeting the strict laws and regulations for the protection of quiet cityscapes, but also its location with differences of elevation, which might cause the windows to face other houses’ windows, provided this building with the theme of integration between the heaven and underground.

Image Courtesy © 45gPhotogrpy – Junji Kojima

Image Courtesy © 45gPhotogrpy – Junji Kojima

With this theme in mind, materials were carefully selected, and the house was built with a universal design language using three elements; stone & concrete, steel panels and glass.

Image Courtesy © 45gPhotogrpy – Junji Kojima

Image Courtesy © 45gPhotogrpy – Junji Kojima

This house with a balanced and neat facade may look different every time you visit it because of the combination of the outer wall of the hot-dip galvanized phosphoric acid steel panels and the metal black stone floor. That is why the building, despite its simple form, gives people different impressions depending on his/her viewpoint, and its appearance has profoundness and nobility.

Image Courtesy © 45gPhotogrpy – Junji Kojima

Image Courtesy © 45gPhotogrpy – Junji Kojima

The interior is composed of three overlapping spaces with different volumes, namely, “Sky” in which the transitions of the sky leading to the heaven are introduced into the room from the top portion, “Earth” in which the level difference between the exterior and its floor brings a sense of relaxation like dwelling in a primitive pit, and “Underground” with a far larger space than you would expect.

Image Courtesy © 45gPhotogrpy – Junji Kojima

Image Courtesy © 45gPhotogrpy – Junji Kojima

Light and shade through the stairway and atrium that connect the “Sky”, “Earth” and “Underground” intertwine, creating a microcosm with the graceful imaginativeness in the space where a tense atmosphere could be felt.

Image Courtesy © 45gPhotogrpy – Junji Kojima

Image Courtesy © 45gPhotogrpy – Junji Kojima

This house, which is the outcome of elaborate detail work, begins to express its real value only when you enter into it and experience the space. The decoration is a medium for drawing out the essence hidden in details, and countless small judgments on the optimization of the dimensions of each part and the application of various materials eliminate impure elements and elevates the building to the pure Monolith.

Image Courtesy © 45gPhotogrpy – Junji Kojima

Image Courtesy © 45gPhotogrpy – Junji Kojima

It is anticipated that the passing of the time will sublimate this pure and innocent Monolith into one and only existence.

Image Courtesy © KIDOSAKI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

Image Courtesy © KIDOSAKI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

Image Courtesy © KIDOSAKI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

Image Courtesy © KIDOSAKI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

Image Courtesy © KIDOSAKI ARCHITECTS STUDIO

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Categories: House, Residential, Vectorworks

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