[highlight1] Calling A Plan A Map [/highlight1]
A group of 22 independent huts, many on light metal stilts, form a deconstructed home in Calling a Plan a Map by ON design partners. Located south of Tokyo, the house floor plan is viewed as a map that can be added to, or modified, over time. A permanent two-story structure houses the kitchen and living room, all the other parts can be moved, rearranged like furniture in a room.
As architects Osamu Nishida and Erika Nakagawa designed this residence in Kanagawa Prefecture, they conceived of the architectural plan as a map. The pair strewed elements of the residence across the lot, and by doing so created a unique home structured similarly to a village.
The home sits on a 650-square-meter meadow overlooking a dramatic panorama of Mt. Fuji, Enoshima Island, and Sagami Bay. By building 23 separate small huts and storage structures on a total of 100 square meters of land scattered throughout the property, the architects aimed to transform the entire meadow into a tangible collection of living spaces. They treated the structures that people can enter with the same attention as those that cannot be entered. The resulting “map” of the home is constantly being redrawn and renewed through the dialogue of daily use.
E-mail interview by Yuna Yagi about the project:
Tell us about the basic concept behind this project.
- What do cities lack? What is the new definition of a a full life? Those were the questions we reflected on as we worked on this project. In order to proactively share the design process with the client, and to create a relaxed, free atmosphere in which the future residents could discover their own goals, we began calling the plan a “map” in our conversations.
- We treated structures that would not normally be called “architecture” – structures more on the scale of furniture – just as we would treat larger buildings, distributing them over the entire property. These furniture-scale structures form the base for an exterior environment which offers a range of different living areas, giving rise to new ways of spending time in and using the space.
How did you end up taking on the project?
- The project started when the client, residents of Yokosuka, came to us saying they wanted a home that supplied what was missing in the city. For instance, they wanted the pleasure of feeling the sun and wind as they worked outside in their garden or sat around a bonfire. They also wanted to make the best possible use of the extremely attractive property, located in an “urbanization control area” surrounded by farm fields and perched directly over Sagami Bay, with a view of Mt. Fuji and Enoshima Island.
Did the structure that was actually built differ in any way from your original plan? Tell us how you solved any problems that arose.
- Both the furniture and the buildings are composed of wooden boxes set on four steel-frame legs with independent foundations. So while the residence is a gathering of numerous structures, they all appear to belong to a single group. Also, with the height of the bearing stratum varying throughout the large property, we were able to change the excavation depth for each individual foundation. This reduced the necessary earthwork to a bare minimum.
How does this project fit into current architectural trends? Think about sustainability, technology, culture, etc.
- This collection of structures that vary in size from large to small is a unit of architecture, but also a way of transforming the site as a whole into a single “environment.” The new environment created by bringing together independent units makes it possible for one person or a hundred people to find their own place without worrying about everyone else. Exterior and interior are handled as equally valuable elements, forming a residence that offers new ways for people to come together. We felt it was very important to think about and actually carry out these ideas, even on the small scale of 100 square meters.
What did you learn from this project? What do you hope to take from it to future projects?
- This project gave us a chance to examine our ideas about what architecture should be. We feel that the concepts we implemented here, like understanding architecture as a continuous chain of experiences and discovering the space as you use it, will deeply influence our future design work. The scale may change, but we hope to approach future challenges from the same stance.
ON design partners
650 square meters of grassland with impressive views overlooking Sagami Bay, Mount Fuji, the Enoshima. What with the home owner in Tokyo, either to ask the location such as “reverse of the city.” Subdivided into thirty huts and warehouse buildings, By sprinkled throughout the prairie, Use planning to kill as more specific whereabouts throughout the land.
In this work, we see it as “The Village,” the entire premises of 650 square meters, One that the entire building is considered as. Rather than the time required to implement, and the drawings, like a map? And, with our owner us to draw a map that “dialogue”, As “dialogue” even conduct that reacts with naturally when you spend in there when you actually completed How much uncertainty design of whether it is an experiment to bring.
Even one, spend even number, or a house there, or a place, whether it is really a village. It is time to realize the interactive, fun architecture.
[highlight1] Project Data [/highlight1]
Project name: Calling A Plan A Map
Location: Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
- Type By Characteristic: Cabin / Hut, Japanese House, Green & Sustainable House
- Type By Site: Hill House
- Type By Size: Small House – (51 sqm – 200 sqm)
- Type By Structural: Steel House
Site Area: 648.52 sqm
Building Area: 107.30 sqm
Total floor area: 100.97 sqm
Project Year: 2010-2012
Completion Year: 2012
[highlight1] The people [/highlight1]
Client / Owner / Developer: Private
Architects: ON design partners – 405. Utoku Bldg, 6-85 Benten-dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kangawa, Japan
Design Principal: Osamu Nishida + Erika Nakagawa
Structural Engineer: Akira Suzuki / ASA
Contractor: Eiko Construction Co.
Text Description: © Courtesy of ON design partners, world-architects
Images: © ON design partners, Kouichi Torimura