It is difficult to deal with architectural elements such as stairs and handrails that don’t have direct relation to the main architectural composition.
It might be my prejudice, but architectural space gradually becomes static, when additive elements are reduced to be abstract. It also has an effect on various human activities and furniture to vividly come to front, but sometimes it appears as if they are being denied.
I have tried to achieve a design, in which the main architectural composition, such as relation between slabs, stands out but at the same time secondary elements as mentioned above are also become a vivid issue of the design.
My query was to find out whether it is possible to create space that has quality of, so to speak, dynamic abstractness, enabling space to all the more get settled when activities and things are mixed with the space and objects are flooded there. Continue reading Tato
At this house – a residence designed for a family of three and their many belongings – the client requested that the members of the family can feel close to each other regardless of where they are in the house. Moreover, private rooms were not needed because they feel that it is lonely to withdraw into one’s space, and storage space was also unnecessary because they did not want to tuck things away. As a result of trying to find a form that allows the whole house to feel like one room while securing sufficient space for their belongings at the same time, we proposed a design to connect the flooring with a height difference of 700 mm, where the different levels can be used as tables and shelves. The floors build up as two spiral shapes, joins at the living room, and then separate into two again before arriving at the rooftop deck. By using this combination of two spirals, we were able to create multiple paths inside the house that allows different room compartments and changes in the circulation, equipping the house to be able to accommodate changes in the lifestyle of the client. Continue reading Tato
The “House in Yuzurihayama” is a residence for a young couple who works from home, and their children. The property is surrounded by houses, where mountains are near, and plains can be seen along in the distance. Given these, the house is composed of the lower story joined with a garden and the upper story raised up to have a sense of the mountains and face the views. Continue reading Tato
Whenever I design a new building, I think about making something that will lead to a rediscovery of the town’s unique charms. Not far from the city, this hotel, favored by many artists and others, who are attracted by the somewhat rustic and free ambience, is located in a neighborhood with a diverse and pleasant atmosphere. The proprietor, who fell in love with the area, and an artist friend of his came up with the initial plan for the hotel. But after purchasing the land, it proved difficult to raise the finances to erect a new building, bringing the project to a standstill. But then a local real-estate firm, which was involved in looking for land, suggested that it construct a building on the property that could be rented by the proprietor and used as a hotel. Inspired by this plan, the firm anticipated that the hotel would lead people to rediscover the neighborhood. Continue reading Tato