Shinagawa House - News - Frameweb

Shinagawa House, Tokyo
by Be Fun Design

In a 36-sq-m plot at the edge of Shinagawa, Tokyo, a two-storey dwelling embodies the jaunty spirit of its residents: a young couple who are trekkers and climbers.

The interior is an open vertical space where different areas of the house are defined by volumes instead of simple walls. On the ground floor, the bathroom is in a glass box that rests on an elevated level. Tucked below the bathroom are the bedroom wardrobes, where the simple futons are stored.

A vertical tension is enhanced by the presence of a suspended hollow volume on the first floor. The space is covered with OSB panels to form a climbing wall.

From the exterior, this volume extends through the roof and resembles an oversized chimney. Surprisingly, this chimney doesn’t omit ash or smoke, but people climbing up to a roof terrace.
Photos courtesy Hiroyuki Hirai."

Lik House - News - Frameweb

Lik House
by Satoru Hirota Architects

Japanese firm Satoru Hirota Architects sets a single family house in three tunnel-like volumes.
Located in Tokyo, where the client was born and raised, Lik House aspires to be a place of comfortable intimacy, says Satoru Hirota.
Three blocks, laid on the plot with angled trajectories, generate an irregular outdoor space that acts as a private square. The courtyard – a place for both physical and visual interaction – projects the interior into the surroundings.
People moving from one room to another feel as if they’re crossing transitional spaces. Dynamic, slender passages are only arrested by intermittent box-like elements in the interior.
Despite its remarkably narrow interior, large openings give the house a sense of openness and transparency and introduce a continuous play of light and shadow"

Lik House - News - Frameweb

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Villa Spies, Torö, Sweden, 1969 - From the Archive - Domus

Villa Spies
Torö, Sweden 1969 

From the Archive - Domus
"Villa Spies, Torö, Sweden, 1969— Made entirely of plastic, this fully circular villa was designed by Swedish architect Staffan Berglund for the Danish airline magnate Simon Spies; for years ignored by architecture critics, it has recently been revisited in a monograph."




Alchemy Home of the weeHouse

Alchemy Home of the weeHouse

Four Eyes House/Edward Ogosta Architecture

Four Eyes House
Coachella Valley, California
by Edward Ogosta Architecture

A weekend desert residence for a family and their dog, the Four Eyes House is an exercise in site-specific experiential programming. Rather than planning the house according to a domestic functional program, the building was designed foremost as an instrument for intensifying a number of onsite phenomenal events.

Four “sleeping towers” are oriented towards four spatiotemporal viewing experiences: morning sunrise to the east, mountain range to the south, evening city lights to the west, and nighttime stars overhead. Each tower contains a compact top-floor bedroom, sized only for the bed, and each with a unique aperture directed towards the view. These bedrooms are equally-sized and unassigned, such that the family’s sleeping locations can be rotated based on each individual’s desired viewing experience. Vertical circulation within the towers is similarly particularized (e.g. ladders, spiral stair, switchback stair, or shallow-riser stair). Ground-floor common spaces form a loose connective field between the discrete tower volumes, and offer a more permeable relationship to the landscape.

The sensations of sleeping and waking are thus inflected by the building’s foregrounding of intensified onsite experiential events. By sleeping in a room elevated off the ground and open to the stars, one might inhabit a deep pocket of silence for a few moments, and perhaps even perceive the movement of the Earth, as it slowly rotates beneath the stars.

Four Eyes House, Coachella Valley, California, by Edward Ogosta Architecture

2012 Gray Organschi Architecture

2012 Gray Organschi Architecture

Gracia Studio: endémico resguardo silvestre

Gracia Studio: endémico resguardo silvestre

From: Designboom