Friday, September 17, 2010

New Kyoto Town House par Alphaville

New Kyoto Town House par Alphaville

Dans le quartier historique de Kyoto, les architectes japonais Kentaro Takeguchi et Asako Yamamoto fondateurs du studioAlphaville, bousculent les codes de la maison de ville traditionnelle japonaise, étroite et sombre. Ils ont imaginé des cloisons intérieures en bois clair aux formes polyédriques basées sur des concepts logiques et des fonctions multiples.
Photos © Kei Sugino et K. Takeguchi
+ Via Alphaville
Habituellement tendues dans le sens vertical et horizontal, les cloisons sont ici multidimensionnelles et connectent les pièces sur trois étages. L’espace ainsi créé forme une pièce en continu avec des nuances dynamiques: il est à la fois spacieux et hétérogène.
Les cloisons servent de réflecteurs, laissant entrer la lumière naturelle au nord et au sud pour inonder l’intérieur sombre de la maison et brouillent la frontière entre architecture et mobilier, se fondant dans les planchers et les plafonds.
À propos : « The most characteristic feature of this house is the polyhedral form of the partition walls. They are not made by intuition but are based on logical concepts and perform multiple functions.
First, the partition walls, normally extended in the vertical and horizontal directions, have multidimensionality and loosely connect the rooms on the three floors. The space thus created is one continuous room with dynamic nuances: it is simultaneously spacious and heterogeneous.
Second, the partition walls serve as reflectors of natural light. They softly reflect the natural light coming from both the north and south sides and bring it to the otherwise dark interior of the building. Finally, the partition walls blur the boundary between architecture and furniture, thus stimulating perception and behaviour. Melt into floors and ceilings, the plywood-finished walls offer enjoyable experiences of touching and passing. The house as a whole is a machine for living, like playground equipment.
Influence in Asia
Because of the landscape regulations and the physical context of the neighbourhood, we inherited the traditional form and composition of townhouses. But at the same time, this house overcome the negative aspects of townhouses. The wooden structure of townhouses cannot afford to have large openings on the short sides of the building as well as on floors. Consequently, the interior is dark and communications of people are limited to the horizontal direction.
In this project, it is the steel rigid frame and the polyhedral partition walls that enable to overcome the drawbacks of typical townhouses. Large openings on the walls and the floors, along with the partitions, allow natural light to diffuse multidirectionally, and encourage three dimensional communications and movements.
Freed from the constraints of the old system, occupants can have various relations with each other and place, and a new lifestyle in the historical area of Kyoto emerges. »

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