A weekend house for a couple located on a rocky coast two hours drive from Tokyo. The site is a rocky stretch facing the Pacific Ocean with approaches sloping down to the water level. The characteristic of its plan, imagined like the branches of a tree, is a continuous one room. All the required spaces, entrance, living area, dining area, kitchen, bed room, Japanese style room, study room and bath room are arranged in this continuous one room. Oriented in different directions, one can find various views of the ocean walking throughout the house. Living area, bedroom and bathroom each has its unique relation to the ocean. Architecture as primitive, “in-between natural and man-made”.
The clients for this house renovation / extension, a couple with three daughters, are a creative, democratic unit. The father directs film trailers, the mother is a graphic designer and illustrator. The scheme leaves half of the house for the daughter’s bedrooms and incorporates the other half plus new extensions in front and back into a public zone and a private bedroom for the parents. Multi-toned, bright colors accentuate the new pieces which suggests a graphic expression representative of the family’s interests.
Alan Family House, Los Angeles, USA, by Neil Denari and Duks Koschitz with Joe Willendra, for NMDA
Frank Lloyd Wright. (American, 1867-1959). Fallingwater, Edgar J. Kaufmann House, Mill Run, Pennsylvania. 1934-37. Acrylic, wood, metal, expanded polystyrene, and paint.
Permanent Collection MoMA
A new project adjacent to the Battersea power plant in London. Because of the scale of the building it was necessary to introduce voids within the volumes to enable daylight penetration.
Battersea Weave Office Building, London, United Kingdom by UNStudio
Responsible for landmark Louis Vuitton stores in Japan, Hong Kong, and New York, Aoki Jun uses innovative materials and construction to modulate light in their interiors.
Louis Vuitton stores, by Aoki Jun
The Farnsworth House, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1946 for his client, Dr Edith Farnsworth, is seminal. It asserted America as the pre-eminent home of modernism after the war. It also reduced (for the first time) the idea of a dwelling to its skeletal minimal.
Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois USA by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
+ Farnsworth House National Historic Site
Buy the Book: Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography
Set to be the tallest building in Latin America in 2010
Orre Bicentenario, Mexico City, by OMA
Gordon Bunshaft. (American, 1909-1990) and Skidmore Owings & Merrill. Lever House, New York, New York. 1950-52. Paper, wood, plastic, plexiglass, metal, aluminum and paint.
Permanent Collection MoMA