House W

Gifu, Japan_岐阜, 日本

House W is located outside the city of Gifu, sitting on a tiny irregular shape concrete base in about 80 square meters. Unlike fast-pacing life in major Japanese metropolis, life in the suburban area is peaceful and slow in such a lush nature environment. That is why the client, who runs a family owned international business, seeks here to be the ideal place where she could meet with different people, host private events and mostly importantly, connect with nature.

This design is started to rethink relationships among different elements of a home and reprogram them in a fresh manner, to build a more open and liberal life style. It breaks the general awareness of core in a building, which are typically circulation and mechanical parts. In this design, the private and necessary functions are condensed into the center to compose a conceptual minimal house, as we called Moya in Japanese, with bedroom, library, lobby and etc. Meanwhile, various public and open programs are dispersed around the central as a continuous ring of spaces. All parts are leveled at different heights with no direct circulation but connected through the central house. In order to reach another space, the Moya must be used as central circulation core. It establishes a bonding relationship between the elements in the core and around perimeter. The carefully-designed openings are facing different orientations, outlining a picture of nature or city scene, expanding inner space corridors and bringing as much natural light as possible to fill inside. The experience is constantly change when elements including those from outside are always in a dynamic state. As a result, the spatial loop, embraced the central house, Moya, is both continuous and discontinuous, detached and dependent, dynamic and steady.


Collaboration: Akira Watanabe, Fukushima Tomoko at GranHouse Gifu
合作:渡边晃,福屿知子  グランハウス一級建築士事務所