Building in Tanigami

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The site for the building lies in a hugely developed area in northern Kobe. The area has already lost a large part of the natural environment, but it is not quite urbanized yet. In a way, the surroundings create a fictional scenery.
The site in such an environment is an object for leasehold, therefore, the building on this site is destined to vanish in 20 years before the actual material lifetime. That is to say, this building only exists while the area is in the process of urbanization. During the period, the building functions as a gallery and an office.

I aimed to design an architecture which exaggerates the subtleness of the existence of the site. In order to achieve it, I chose a passive method to reconstruct only the given condition.

The factors extracted from the environment are membranes and frames. The structural factors which compose this small building are even more ramified, and those small elements are compound with glass to form membranes together. The membranes wrap around the successive frames like the urban infrastructure, taking in the surroundings such as telephone poles and greenery. The boundary thickens, and the line between inside and outside becomes vague. As a result, openness and minimum privacy are achieved at the same time.

Other Projects by Junya Toda Architect & Associates

House in Tondabayashi2
House on a Hill in Kobe
House in Otsu
House in Uehonmachi
House in Komuro