House in Shima by nanometer architecture

Structure of fixture

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The site is located at the entrance to the forest of a national park where untouched nature spreads in Shima City, Mie Prefecture. The owner is a young couple.The family will increase to four. He is a self-proclaimed Shima tourism ambassador. The request was a place that invites many people to enjoy Shima and feel like the natural air.

▼项目鸟瞰,aerial view of the project ©ToLoLo studio


The fragments of hope spun out from the owner’s request were like the ideal event before the building and the furniture necessary for it. So I scattered the fixture in this forest. I dare to say that it is a piece of furniture, not a piece of furniture that is left to the owner, but a piece of work that is planned and created together.

▼自然中的建筑,building in the nature ©ToLoLo studio


Well, the word structure has two meanings. One is the combination and mechanism of the various parts that make up the whole. (e.g, earthquake-resistant structure). The other is the whole and various relationships that are created by connecting various elements to each other. (e.g, social structure). Shima’s house created the latter structure.

▼平面图,家具装置形成项目的结构,plan, fixtures creating the structure of the project ©nanometer architecture


▼建筑外观,external view of the house ©ToLoLo studio

▼从室外看到室内的木制结构,wooden structure of the building can be viewed from the outside ©ToLoLo studio

Of course, using the structure of the wooden frame construction, the columns and beams of the structure can be seen in the room, but it is superficial. From the events and creations, floors, walls and roofs can be seen, the shape of the building can be seen, behavior is encouraged, the behavior of the inhabitants and visitors is mixed, and all elements of life are mixed, this house is completed. In this respect, I think the fixture creates a structure that is more than the skeleton of the building .Speaking of structure, the beauty and newness of the frame tend to be the focus of attention, but when I thought about how to capture it, I came up with “a structure created from work.” It feels like cells are gathered together to make a living thing. It is a living structure that creates independent, yet united objects. Applications are guided by the structure. We realized that the unity of fixture that can be a structure becomes architecture.

▼室内空间概览,overall view of the interior space ©ToLoLo studio

▼建筑中部通透的大厅,transparent hall in  the middle of the building ©ToLoLo studio

▼从建筑后部的客厅看向大厅和室外景观,view to the hall and the outdoor scenery from the living room at the back of the building ©ToLoLo studio

▼员工区,与大厅中的人们形成互动,staff area, creating connections with the people in the hall ©ToLoLo studio

▼接待区,reception area ©ToLoLo studio

▼窗帘增加空间的私密性,curtains enhancing the privacy of the space ©ToLoLo studio

▼下沉式客厅和开放厨房,sunken living space and open kitchen ©ToLoLo studio

▼楼梯,staircase ©ToLoLo studio

▼服务区域由黑色隔墙围合,service areas enclosed by black partitions ©ToLoLo studio

▼阁楼空间,attic space ©ToLoLo studio

▼透过木结构看向自然景观,view of the natural scenery though the wooden structures ©ToLoLo studio

▼剖面图,section ©nanometer architecture

location:Shima Mie, Japan
principal use:house
structural design:Unno structural laboratory
contractor:Yamaguchi construction
photo:ToLoLo studio
number of floors:2nd stories
total floor area:182.61㎡
design period:2018.4-2019.6
construction period:2019.7-2020.3

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