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House in Minamimachi

House in Minamimachi

Minamimachi, Japan

House in Minamimachi

SUPPOSE DESIGN OFFICE Co.,Ltd. as Architects

During the process of designing for a small plot of land, there are a lot of times in which the form of the building is steered by legal constraints. If you are is thinking of how you can have the most floor space, the outer shape of the building is automatically decided by how the permitted ratio of square footage to property size, so the architectural design comes out of the number of stories built just to increase the floor space. Here, I’m thinking about the possibility of space that can be made by subtraction. This building was made to slightly exceed its allotted coverage ratio, so each floor fluctuates in shape. The sections that slide out function as lighting design elements, bringing in the outside environment. I’ve changed the shape of each floor freely according to its intended purpose and features, turning them into spaces with a sense of distance and perspective, maintaining privacy even in crowded urban areas where housing units are close together, creating a bright, well-lit living space. Before you know it, design that starts from the rules, from the legal restrictions, can become stronger restrictions than the rules. By starting the design away from the legal constraints, by designing the way we start to plan, we can have buildings that possess a degree of freedom. Just by changing the bottom line a little, I want to pinpoint the things we’ve overlooked, the elements of richness, and design richness around that subtraction.

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