A House in Somedonocho

A House in Somedonocho

Architect
ICADA
Location
Somedonocho, Kyoto, Japan | View Map
Project Year
2016
Category
Private Houses
Shingo Kanagawa

A House in Somedonocho

ICADA as Architects

The project is a renovation of residential unit of an apartment in Kyoto, Japan.

photo_credit Shingo Kanagawa
Shingo Kanagawa

Ceiling
A three dimensional ceiling is designed to affect the perception of space and human physicality.The ceiling height changes gradually, from 2.63m at the living and dining room, to only 1.67m at the Japanese-style tearoom located in the deepest area. This lowest ceiling height is defined by human heights, and other three points were designed as high as possible in the limited existing structure. The geometry of the ceiling resembles to that of shell structure, and it gives feelings, even within a small residential unit, that our body becomes bigger/smaller. The perspectives in this house create the perception of physical extension and contraction. 

photo_credit Shingo Kanagawa
Shingo Kanagawa

Lighting
Round-shaped lightings are placed on the warping ceiling. They have all different sizes, from 300mm to 1500mm radius, and cast indirect lights reflected by the mirror embedded, creating the effect of erasing the ceiling edges.

Ceilings and lightings are generally unconscious part of human perception. But this small intervention enhances your physical perception thus the richness of life.

photo_credit Shingo Kanagawa
Shingo Kanagawa
photo_credit Shingo Kanagawa
Shingo Kanagawa
photo_credit Shingo Kanagawa
Shingo Kanagawa
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