Hansha Reflection House
Hansha Reflection House by Studio SKLIM is a two-storey detached family home with a courtyard and roof deck situated at the entrance of Misakimizube Koen. Fronting a lake and flanked by Sakura trees, the house totals 124 square metres. It is arranged with the living space upstairs with a large window looking out to the street, perfect for keeping an eye on your fellow suburban neighbours.
This is the building of a structure and materials are prominent in the environment. The construction of the park to the brink of beautiful Misakimizube cherry trees on both sides . 124 square meters of housing area, public areas, private areas and landscape areas (within the hospital, increase ventilation and lighting, an intimate private areas. roof terrace you can see the view from afar).
Japanese architecture is easy to use wood, this case also uses a lot of wood, this material such as metal, concrete and other materials in the building which had a strong contrast to the dark texture contrast with the white walls. Two layers out to single out public space for the park, the lower side of the space for parking and entrance. The building in the form of an honest reflection of the building’s internal structure. To the face of the beauty of the cherry trees, more in-depth introduction of the room, set up an asymmetric continuous windows and bay windows. A focus on personalized residential and on-site and the environment.
In Greek mythology, Narcissus looked into the lake to admire his beauty. But what if the lake was animate and looking at its own reflection in Narcissus eyes?
Situated at the entrance of Misakimizube Koen, one of the picturesque parks fronting a lake and flanked by Sakura trees, the house was conceived to be an object with the environment.
The programmatic zones of Public, Service and Private spatially organised the house into 3 distinct zones with further punctuation of the main massing with the Landscape element; providing spaces for the courtyard and roof deck. This base form was further chiseled with structure, daylight/ventilation and viewpoint concerns.
65% of low rise Japanese houses are constructed out of timber, a material that has the strongest weight to strength ratio amongst other building materials like concrete and steel. Using timber from a renewable source, coupled with building technology that utilised a hybrid of traditional mortise and tenon joint system with steel bracketing, this house was able to push the ubiquitous “boxed” building envelope for timber residential construction in Japan.
The solution to push the Public program to the upper level was obvious with the need to accommodate parking for 3 cars. In addition, this offered an elevated scenic view of the park by having living/dining/kitchen at the second level. The extensive 3.2 m wooden cantilever was unusual with the norm capped at 1.5 m. The initial structural concept of using a truss floor progressed to the final structural solution; using an elegant inspiration from bridge construction and book shelf bracketing. Further reinforcement of the structure was made in the courtyard wall to reduce eccentricity of built form and thus lateral movements during earthquakes.
The outer form reflected the inner structure of the building, creating opportunities for expression of inclined surfaces. These further expressed their responses to rainwater drainage and the sublime reflection of the surrounding landscape. In order to bring views of the exterior Sakura into the dining space, an asymmetrical window ledge was purposefully built, providing a material continuity from exterior to interior and framing the picturesque view.
The idea of “Reflection” was multifarious and became a series of unfolded meanings; exterior reflection of surrounding, interior reflection of surroundings, introspective reflection spaces and reflection of the house structure.
The landscape falls into three areas, the front yard, the courtyard and the roof deck. The front yard accommodates parking for three cars and becomes the entrance frame for the house. The connecting tissue to the park relies on the structurally evolved facade that visually associates with it and uses similar ground paving material. The courtyard, an intimate private garden forms part of the environmental funnel to dissipate hot air during summer. This space further anchors the master bedroom, 1-tatami introspective room, and double volume library. The roof deck, the pinnacle of the house further heighten one’s sense of place with its surroundings and provides the perfect viewing platform for both Hanami (Sakura) and Hanabi (Fireworks) festivals.
Hansha Reflection House condenses the energies on site to formulate a dwelling that looks back at the surroundings with a slight twist.
Project name: Hansha Reflection House
Location: Nagoya, Japan
Type: Japanese House, Contemporary House, City House
Program: 2 Storey Detached House with Courtyard and Roof Deck
Project Area: 124 sqm
Project Year: 2010 – 2011
Completion Year: 2011
Client / Owner / Developer: Private
Architects: Studio SKLIM, Singapore/Tokyo
Key Personnel: Kevin Lim
Collaborators: Machiko Nakamura, Federico Mira (3D visualization)
Builder: Sake Advanced Housing Technology
Structure: KES System Headquarters Shelter
Text Description: © Courtesy of Studio SKLIM
Images: © Jeremy San, Studio SKLIM