The library space is a continuous open platform. Its form resembles that of sand dunes where spectator catches expansive view standing on top of the ridges, while space becomes intimate at the valleys where views are rather restrained. Browsing through the collection, locating a specific book and reading at a comfortable space happens at various spot of the library providing experiences across a wide range of spatial scales.
This establishes a constant flux of part to whole relationships. Instead of prescribing a linear library experience, the design attempts to create only the basic framework that imposes minimum interferences on the way in which the space is used. Free to exploit the potentiality of specific parts of the library, microcosms within the larger shared environment is, then, recognized through interactions between people and people, people and space, space and environment.
Building Technology: Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center
Architectural Design: Stage 01
A house can be thought as a projection of human conditions onto the larger environment. It mediates, harmonizes and resonates between human body and nature. The house is sited on a long band of land stretching west to east flanked by two three-story multi-family houses to the north and south. It has a shallower width but much greater depth. Across the extent its length, various spaces accumulate.
The envelope of a house previously conceived as barrier that excludes is now communicative. It maintains a balance rather than favoring one over the other. The rooms are better off detached from the skin, for they are so static that everything in them are kept in the same locations all the time. Dislodging the rooms and the envelope creates a third space devoid of any privileged program. Activities in here are animated with sunlight permitted only during specific times over the course of a day and the cycle of a year.