Flat Renovation in Sakurazaka / ICADA + Masaaki Iwamoto Laboratory
Textual content description supplied by the architects. The undertaking is a flat renovation of a 30-year-old condominium in Fukuoka Metropolis, Japan, a house for myself, my spouse and our two youngsters. By utilizing movable bookcases as partitions of the bedrooms, I designed a home the place the house expands and contracts because the type of the household modifications. In postwar Japan, Many of the flat items have been designed for nuclear households of a mother or father and kids, with the lounge, eating room, dad and mom’ room, child room, kitchen, and toilet squeezed right into a small rectangle of round 80 sq. meters. What you see here’s a one-to-one correspondence between the household kind and the ground plan.
Nevertheless, the household grows and modifications from second to second. Kids, who’re small now, will set up themselves and depart the home within the not too distant future. It will be affordable for folks to benefit from the house after youngsters depart, however the fragmented rooms in a standard flat are too cramped to reuse and normally finally ends up as storage, crammed with dusty cardboard packing containers of mementos. Towards this backdrop, the thought was to create a home the place the rooms can develop and contract because the household modifications.
The bedrooms are divided by three movable bookcases, which will be scattered to create 4 small alcoves, or gathered in a single place to create one giant room. The house of every room will be freely allotted, and by opening the polycarbonate sliding doorways going through the lounge, the whole home will be made into one giant house.
For the supplies and particulars, we pursued practicality and objectivity. On a regular basis supplies discovered within the metropolis are reinterpreted and turn into architectural parts. The movable bookcases/partitions are by modifying readymade merchandise utilized in libraries. The sliding doorways between the lounge and the bedrooms are thick polycarbonate panels with rails fabricated from corrugated metallic; an interpretation of Japanese paper screens utilizing supplies discovered within the metropolis.
To reinforce the thermal consolation, insulation was added to cowl the whole unit, together with the boundaries of neighboring items: In a housing complicated, warmth switch to the neighboring unit can’t be neglected. The ceiling is lined with insulation panels backed with aluminum foil, a fabric usually utilized in a manufacturing unit, which displays the sunshine coming by means of the home windows and leads it deep into the room. The bench by the window is a small piece of furnishings impressed by the practicality of a Japanese room. It’s a place to fold garments and a enjoyable playground for kids. A cantilevered rotating mild illuminates the eating counter or the massive working desk. Just like the tatami bench, its construction is constructed from chrome steel sq. pipe, balancing due to a lump of lead inside as a counterweight.