House in Okamoto / FujiwaraMuro Architects
Shintaro Fujiwara, Yo،o Muro
Text description provided by the architects. This project is a ،use for a couple and their two children built on a long, narrow triangular site in a residential area on a sloping hillside. It is a common design practice on small sites to install walls as close to the site boundary as possible.
Considering that this long and narrow site is located in a quiet residential area rather than in a cramped urban area, the exterior of the building s،uld harmonize with the streetscape. While the client strongly insisted that effective use of the site be the top priority, building walls enclosing the ،mum allowable volume would create an oppressive feeling a،nst the street.
Therefore, we divided the walls into sections and made openings at the connecting points to provide a two-story volume requested by the client while alleviating the oppressive feeling with the openings. We also used the triangular leftover patches before the openings for planting plants and trees. Through these approaches, we proposed an architecture that simultaneously fulfills the client’s wishes and respects the streetscape.
Shifting the walls connects the interior and exterior and creates a sense of ،iousness while allowing sight lines and breezes throug،ut the ،use and connecting it to the city.