UID Architects
Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
Project Year
Private Houses
Hiroshi Ueda


UID Architects as Architects

This is a small house planned in a forest surrounded by rich nature.

The site is located in the foot of a mountain with scarce neighboring

houses in Onomichi City. The family is consisted of two daughters,

their mother and their loving cat. Since there are only three women,

we thought it would be appropriate to gently connect a boundary of

the place’s environment and architecture, allowing close distance

between the family members. It is to seize the environment as

non-dividable, similar to creatures that generate their nest under

elements that cover forest’s ground. It is like a principle that expands

from a nest in a forest, to a forest , then to the earth, and ultimately

to the universe.

 This time we sought a single space that comprehends the surroundings

and the house by rethinking elements such as floors and walls that make

up architecture. Specifically, in the ground layer some spaces are connected

to each other by a tunnel that becomes a concrete anthill nest attached

with a small entrance on the ground. Above the ground a floating wooden

nest box composed of things like branches and fallen leaves cover the nest

on the ground’s surface. Although non-sequence composition of the floors

and the walls make the architectural elements look separated, they will

become essentials that link architecture and the surrounding in succession,

when viewing the environment on the whole.

 The house will offer spaces that is similar to the forest’s comfortable

sunshine and shade, which reside with natural climate. The house will be

a nest in a forest that its territory will not be regulated.

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