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.
“In constrained urban agglomerations buildings experience a tense fight for available volume of occupation. In order to exploit maximum financial floor area ratios, constructions manage to occupy as much air as possible. In the 1920s, Hugh Ferriss already visualized the 1916 Zoning Law for Manhattan by shaping invisible theoretical envelopes into fulfilled architectural volumes. His drawings represented literal translations of urban policies. Except for counted examples releasing cities from architecture in form of representative privately-owned public spaces, air usually matters. Legislators provide paternalistic frameworks to prevent citizens from an overly built environment. As a result, streets become victims of diagonal views, sunlight and hygienic ventilation. Every building must be legal, but according to Yasutaka Yoshimura’s research, some can also become Super Legal. This condition is a direct result from frenetic megalopolises, looking how to supersede restrictive regulations. Super Legal Buildings 超合法建築図鑑 (建築文化シナジー). 彰国社 2006 is a compilation of strange mechanisms making architecture forms in Tokyo literally follow law and building codes. Organic setbacks, twists, perforations, distortions and extreme angles appear when air is squeezed to its most. Restrictions act as invitations for new inventions.”
This is a holiday rental home designed by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects. The house is located next to the ocean and Mt.Fuji. Architect use different shapes of windows to bring a different view to each room. i would totally love to stay in the marble floor living room and watch the sea screaming in front of me.
Architect Yasutaka Yoshimura started a project “EX-CONTAINER PROJECT“. It converts shipping containers into houses to help those who were hit by the earthquake in Japan. The advantage of this project is that almost all the production process is done outside Japan, so it is less expensive, and also easier to ship as it is originally a shipping container. They are asking for donations for this project.