K - house in Akiya
秋谷の住宅 ( 2020 - 2021 )
Site : Kanagawa, Japan
Program : house
Site area : 200m2
Building area : 60m2
Total floor area : 100m2
Size : 2F
Structure : wood frame
The site is located on the hillside of a small mountain in Akiya, Yokosuka City.
The site with the mountain in the back has an elongated shape, and the view overlooking the sea spreads out in front of you. When I visited the place for the first time with the client, the back view of the owner looking beyond the site was impressive. While cherishing the impression I felt at that time and the image of the world I saw, I thought about what kind of housing would take root in the land and connect with the surrounding environment.
The client has lived in São Paulo and Sydney for a long time, and the sea has always been near his life. Therefore, he arrived at this land in search of a place where he could feel the sea and nature. Befitting an era like this, he moves the foundation of his family life to the suburbs while continuing to work in Tokyo. The contrast between work and family life, urban environment and natural environment. An environment that makes it easy to raise children. There was a need for a house with a view of the sea, which cannot be done in a city-like place surrounded by buildings in the neighboring land.
As we proceeded with the early studies, we suggested two directions. One is to be a house where you can feel the surrounding natural environment to the maximum. This is not only the view to the sea, but also the atmosphere and tranquility peculiar to the seaside town, the continuity between the inside and the outside and the creation of a place to stay, respecting the local vegetation, etc. It is about creating an environment where you can feel it.
The other is to create as large and laid-back air-volume as possible. It is to create a state in which personality and lifestyle, such as the generosity and elegance of the owner, appear in the space.
These two directions were gradually sought in one study, looking for the quality of the space in which these themes were mixed.
Boxes facing in various directions are piled up. The box has the image of a rock that receives the power of nature from the mountains behind it, and a light and bright box is inserted in the center. This box has the image of lightness and freshness that opens toward the sea spreading in front of you. These boxes create different views while accepting natural light from different directions over time. By creating darkness and bright places in the room and in the gaps created by overlapping, and creating contrast and continuity inside and outside, the environment is mixed in the live activity line. In this way, I was looking for a state where many interesting places could be created.
I also wondered if something interesting would happen at the intersection of these volumes. Dark and bright places, open and closed places, high and low places. In order to mix the quality of each space, the laminated part is a continuous atrium to the back of the cabin, creating a large air volume in the vertical direction. This is not only an expectation for spatiality, but also a trick that wants the architect to go beyond the intention of himself in various aspects such as the way of thinking about environmental manipulation and the influence on the living habits of residents.
The places that are mixed in this way may become alternative spaces. Or it may separate the private and public spaces, or the entire house may feel like a large, three-dimensional room. In this way, I hope that the architecture that aims to discover the architecture while using it will be linked to the life of the owner and become a vernacular existence that creates the scenery of this hillside.