The surroundings of this apartment are defined as residential area and semi - industrial area in urban planning and their h e ight are suppressed to low by road diagonal limitation and sun shadow regulation. In this sense, t he void above which nobo dy can occupy physically is kept as a secondary product of this regulation. In Japan, the city is always going to be renewed by the buildings scrapped and built repeatedly. On the other hand, the void in the sky keeps to exist from the past to present and it is expected to be continued to the future. When I designing architecture in such dynamic urban situation, the void in the sky can be referred as the static foundation.
This apartment is composed by 7 studios. They are stacked in 6 floors including a basement floor. Floor h e ight is suppressed to 2,500mm and minimized staircase is located on the cent er . L - shaped unit or maiso n nette unit in which L - shaped space shifted and overlapped are enclosing staircase core. Units have more or less 2.5meters width b ut long dwelling volumes , and their ends are basically opened as a terrace or a bathroom. This spatial co mposition allows every dwelling to have multi - directed windows and they can face on the surrounding void th o roughly without generating building back si de. Because of the tiny width of each dwellings, all space inside are recognized as perimeter or window side. Whether willing or not, the distance between the body inside and window is so short that the person must feel to take a spill to the outside or th at the void is held to room inside in bodily sensation.
Material Used :
1. Showa Yotal - Wooden floor – Oak
2. Daiwa Heavy Industry – Bathtub - Castie
3. TOTO – toilet - NEOREST