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model photos by yuta nakamura
構造・構法:鉄骨造 一部木造

Site: Tokyo Pref.
Kind: House
Structure: Steel structure, partly wooden structure
Story: 2
Site Area: 90.37㎡
Building Area: 42.66㎡
Total Floor Area: 80㎡

Project team: Suzuko Yamada, Yuta Nakamura


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The Irish folktale of O'Sheen is one of the oldest myths, about a hero who returns home after a trip to the other world of immortality and longevity, and becomes a 300 year old man the moment he gets off the horse to help the villagers in need. The story of the hero returning home after a trip to another world of longevity is a parallel world story, much like the Japanese Urashima Taro. I wonder if it is possible to embed in a single architectural space a parallel world, slightly displaced or disconnected. What is the difference between this and architecture that has only one world?

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Tokyo, a typical flagpole site with neighboring land bordering the site on both sides. The client asked us to build a house like a secret base in that small pocket park-like place. The idea was to create a house where the lives and times of four people could live together in one house: a father whose life is irregular due to frequent business trips, a mother who has a job, a son who goes to preschool, and a grandfather who comes to visit occasionally.

The sanitary area, bedrooms, and free space are combined into compact private rooms, separated from the exterior walls and suspended in the air. The first floor, which tends to be dark, is entirely open. The pillars and staircases that fell from the upper floors are freely changing in shape and size, depending on which one is perceived as a break in the space. I imagined that a number of parallel worlds would be created there. The private spaces connected by steep stairs and catwalks also have a parallel world relationship.


Suzuko Yamada Architects, Inc. Tokyo, JAPAN