*collaboration with Kei Fujita Architects
The aim of the work is to provide a view of a beautiful Japanese garden just across the street. At the same time, we want to shut out noises from the street, yet invite the fresh breeze from the outside. First of all, we planned a horizontal opening to the garden in such a way that the passenger at bus stop across a street is not visible. Besides, a big
light well was set above the main room to get sunlight and fresh air. The light well softens the direct sunlight and promotes natural ventilation. It is like
Tsuboniwa, a tiny garden in a traditional Japanese house. It is very important to carry out natural ventilation to mitigate Japan's muggy summer. Also, family members will easily communicate with each other through the well. This work is located in an especially historical area in Kyoto. We carefully designed the shape, the roof pitch, the height and the wall line in order to revive a traditional street. In the corridor and stair room, vivid kimono cloths, a characteristic design of Kyoto, give a new feeling when moving to the next room. In Kyoto, old buildings were made of wood, however, now we have to protect residents from earthquake and fire. This house is made from modern materials, but covered by lattice windows and doors to fit the street. As time goes by, the architecture of this house will get a better relation with the city context.
( private house / steel / Kyoto, Japan / 2012 ）