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Window House

 

★ won the AP Award 2014

Completion: 2014

Architect: Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Structural Engineer: Akira Suzuki / A.S.A

Contractor: Tosho Kensetsu

A weekend house facing to the Sagami Bay with view to Mt. Fuji and Enoshima. The site is just 3 x 8m with 60% of footprint, and the building has become 3-stories almost automatically because the ground floor had to be a piloti by consideration of the storm surge. It seemed difficult to avoid blocking the view of the neighborhood behind. So I designed a large openings both at the sea-side and the road-side in order to keep the view passing through the building during the absence of the owner. And there is a view to the mountains at the road-side indeed. It stands between land and sea and became a house as a window to see through each other.

 

相模湾に面し江ノ島や富士山を望む週末住居。敷地は3×8mで建坪率が60%。高潮への配慮から一階はピロティとせざるを得ないため、自ずと3階建てとなって、背後の建物の眺望を遮ることになる。そこで道路側にも海側と同じサイズの開口部を設け、ガラス越しではあるものの、不在時には海まで視線が通るような建物とした。道路側には実は山への眺望がある。陸と海に挟まれ、互いを見通す窓のような家になった。