Japanese architecture is moving away from the traditional construction of standard housing every day. A vivid confirmation of this was a unique object, which caused considerable surprise even among zealous adherents of privacy. After all, this architectural creation is completely isolated from the outside world and looks more like a monolithic concrete bunker than a residential apartment. Today we will try to figure out what made the well-known akhrburo create such a private object and try to find out what is so remarkable hiding behind such an inaccessible facade.
Recently, the Japanese city of Fukuoka has a unique residential facility designed by the famous Japanese architect, who has won several Yutaka Mori international awards. This inaccessible formidable structure stands out for its stunning solidity and is distinguished by a completely closed interior space from prying eyes.
Fukuoka is an industrial center and an important seaport in southwestern Japan, so the high density of urban development comes as no surprise to anyone. After all, more than 1.5 million people live there, which means that there is a shortage of free land in the city and, as a result, real estate prices are going through the roof.
Of course, everyone who has at least a small plot of land tries to use its area as efficiently as possible. The project of the architectural studio Mori Architect Office, headed by Yutaka Mori, was no exception. In development, they got a piece of land with an area of 1.5 acres right at the side of the highway and the railroad bed. Not only is the location awful, but also the customer wished to have a house absolutely isolated from the outside world with the most laconic minimalist style of interior decoration.
It is difficult for us to imagine how it is possible to build a detached house on the side of a busy road, and even along the railway, but the Mori Architect Office team managed to bring such wishes to life. They called their non-standard, even by Japanese standards, project "House in Shime" and set to work on a difficult job.
To protect residents from constant noise, the roar of cars and the hum of trains, as well as a huge amount of dust, it was decided not to create front windows at all. Instead, on the monolithic walls made of thick concrete panels, you can only make out two tiny holes that look more like mini-loopholes of a medieval fortress, and one metal door.
Since there is very little land, and we wanted to make the area of the house as large as possible, they did not make the yard as such, but only brought the house closer to the sidewalk, which could not be partitioned off, and designed two areas for cars. The rest of the space was occupied by a bunker house, inside which an open space was organized, which serves as a small courtyard.
Since miniature windows cannot serve as a source of light in any way, and the freshness of the air entering from them was out of the question, it was decided to arrange huge floor-to-ceiling windows only in the courtyard of the house.
Thus, such a harsh monolithic structure on the outside turned out to be very light and voluminous inside the structure itself, because the glass blocks let in a lot of sun and heat.
For a better connection with nature, they decided to plant a small flower bed of dwarf plants in the courtyard and several trees and bushes. This design gave the isolated space a more lively homely atmosphere. This small island of green spaces turned out to be the only sign of a "habitable zone", because taking into account the wishes of the customer, the interior design of such an extraordinary house was reduced to brevity and absolute minimalism.
And this means that there is no question of any home comfort and cute little things that please the eye and soul. To create a laconic image, the interior decoration was made absolutely identical to the exterior, so the interior is no different from the light gray concrete mass of the outer walls.
And only "floating" long beams with a span of 15 meters, as well as panoramic windows, can pretend to be a kind of interior decoration, the design of which is really impressive.
The required minimum set of furniture has the same color scheme as the walls, floors and ceilings of an unusual house. Although the architects managed to diversify the design a little with the help of lighting fixtures, which help to create a warmer and more living environment at night. As for the rest, Novate. Ru experts note complete asceticism and fanatical seclusion, which are not justified even by the not very pleasant neighborhood with the highway and the railway. But there are no comrades for taste and color!
The Land of the Rising Sun became famous in urban planning not only for projects of harsh bunker houses, alienated from the whole world. On the streets of cities and towns, unique, one might even say fantastic, structures have appeared that delight in their appearance. because they stand out favorably from the general picture of urban architecture.