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  • Armadillo

    Type:House/Location:Kamakura,Kanagawa,Japan/Design:2012-13/Construction:2013/Consultant:Jun Sato structural engineers/Structure:Timber/Contractor:Kawaguchi-kenchiku/Site area:422m2/Built area:34m2/Total floor area:52m2

    鎌倉の緑に囲まれたハナレ。敷地は狭い路地の突き当たりに位置する旗竿地。クライアントはカップルとその父親。敷地内に建つ築80年の建物が、世界中からの楽器や古家具などの調度品で手狭になってきたことで、ゆったりと食事をしたり、音楽を奏でたり、昼寝をしたりできる空間が望まれた。そこで風が抜けて、光が降りそそぐ庭の一部に今回の建物を計画した。ぐるりと囲まれた緑を楽しめる開放的な1階と、空からの光と音だけが聞こえる あなぐら のような2階。動物は光や風気温や湿度、土地の起伏といった環境をよみ快適な寝床を選ぶ。そこにじっとしていても心地よく、ずっと居眠りできるような空間をめざした。 *アルマジロとはスペイン語で「武装した小さなもの」という意味で体中が鎧のような鱗甲板で覆われている。 熱帯雨林や草原、半砂漠のような気候が穏やかで暖かい場所に生息し、毎日 あなぐら で約18時間とたっぷりの睡眠をとる。

    Armadillo is located in Kamakura, Japan. With the sea to one side and the other 3 surrounded by mountains, this town’s topography provides ideal protection from enemy. This feature led Kamakura to become the political centre of Japan in the 12th century. This site is located in a valley with a very narrow approach road. The clients- a couple and her father - bought the site with its old house four years ago. The clients collect furniture and musical instruments from all over the world, so the existing house is currently full of their collection. Now they have requested a low-cost annex space from us. It's for playing music, relaxing, sleeping well and hosting parties at home in their garden, similar to a weekend house. This location is defined by the existing house, a persimmon tree and the property line delineated by a retaining wall. The diamond shape is produced by these site elements. The first floor opens to the surrounding green landscape; the second floor closes like a lair. The restroom is positioned on the north side of the house and separated from the other spaces. This structure is constructed by many regular triangles, and the second floor is constructed by some surfaces. It's like a monocoque. Why do we call this house an armadillo? We needed something that could capture the interesting things that we shared with them and the intention that we would move creatively towards a house together. The animal reads sunlight and wind, an environment such as ups and downs of the land. And once this information is processed, then they choose a comfortable bed. This animal behaviour fits well with the concept of this house and the environment of the site. *The word armadillo means "little armoured one" in Spanish. They sleep in a lair for 18 hours every day.