with 3 Kids, 2 Dogs and the Jungle | 2014.09
Site Location: Hyogo Prefecture Land area: 1,680m2 Building Use: Private residence Structure: Steel Floor Area: 293m2 Published 2015 GA Houses 140 2015 Jutaku Tokushu 01-15 Awards 2016 2A Asia Architecture Award 2016 Residential (Villa) Category List of Winners Architect Interview Webpage Archdaily Archello Architizer idesignawards Homify Materialicious Vimeo
The project brief was to design a single family house for a family (parents, 3 daughters and 2 dogs) to enjoy spending time together and also respect each daughter’s personal space to feel outdoor experience like a scout campsite. Spaces for 3 daughters are the main idea for this house as an independent space, dwelling units at the center of the house, connected to a family space, toward a conceptual idea of “House in House” or an interpenetration space which interacts with the family space. The kid’s room is separated 3 independent living units, but able to be accessed by sliding screen panels to enhance their strong relationships with their sisters. This room is direct to the sky above. Skylights with aluminum louvered roof infuse the bedroom space with a sense of comfort. Because the skylight and louvers spread indirect light into the room, they can feel refreshed in the mornings. The place in front of their room is a common space called ‘the Family Stage’ , a part of the family space where daughters play violins like on actual stages, and entertain the family as musician, and the audience on holidays. “They’are not dogs; they’re family”. Coming up with this idea, we designed a dog space. The pet space is all about the joy and challenges as their dog’s happiness and well-being are important for them, and their care and living spaces play a big role in providing them with a secure and loving house that is located in an outdoor area, but connected to the house. Considering a project that optimizes bioclimatic/passive resources and the definition of the Jungle is interacting with the nearby surrounding of green area. Feeling of nature from inside the house is transparency but in addition, they can feel safe because of the exterior wooden louver screens creating boundaries of courtyards: living with nature, great combination of interior space separated with small green area-strip inside. The breathtaking combination of this indoor green area is an amusing mixture of inspirations between interior space and nature in conjunction with passive cooling. In parallel, the need of sustainability is marked as one of the strengths of the project; making indoor environment comfortable, consisting of air ventilation between lower louvers and upper window. Air replacement behavior of cool air from lower louvers will flow through the room to the green space and will be exhausted through the opening window at the top. Switching the door panels to shut out the green spaces will change the function to corridors. Therefore, family members in the house, not only can feel comfortable, but also live in touch, communicating with each other and sharing the moment together. Echoing the concept, the house is responding sensitively to the site with an identity, with its own personality according to the place it belongs.