Ikimono Architects designed a residential building in Takasaki, Japan intending to shape it like a small city.
-text by the authors
A lot of lumps of concrete are dug out. Because there is a hole with the right and left same position of the courtyard, and eyes penetrate it, a state of the inside can be seen from the neighborhood. A void possesses electricity and running water in the exclusive possession space of each dwelling unit. It is possible to park a car here, and the car expands the function of the house in the days of a future Smart-Grid.
Originally, a human being is a creature living in the crowd. Nevertheless it is said that most family types are single life households in present Japan. The person keeps the balance while going back and forth in a personal domain like the house and the state of the crowd like the society.
In the tenement house where 8 households live in, a lot of holes become vacant like a stone pit. In the floor space that include to the roof terrace, the outside is larger than the room, and the inside and the outside are complicated in a dwelling unit. The innumerable outside is personal exclusive possession space and do not have a clear function. The outside is filled with the private lives like furniture and a light or plants. It is in a condition that various presence clung to a lump of quiet concrete.
Architects provided the courtyard where the window of each dwelling unit faced as a place like the sanctuary.
In a living to go back and forth in a lump and the cavity, I hope they enjoy each other’s presence like a natural phenomenon. And, from the gap of the RC wall, I want presence to melt around.
Project title Static Quarry
Location Takasaki, Japan
Site area 624.56 square meters
Building area 329.92 square meters
Architects Takashi Fujino / IKIMONO ARCHITECTS
Team Takashi Fujino, Tatsuya Morita, Takahiro Machida
Planning Satoshi Ida / TTA Inc
Structural engineer Emiko Sukegawa / Structural Design firm Accurate
Landscape Atsuo Ota / ACID NATURE 0220
General constructors HASHIZUME Industrial Inc. Charge / Kunio Kobayashi, Kiyoshi Karasawa, Yutaka Aoki
Photography Takashi Fujino / Ikimono Architects