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The light is the friend of architecture. Each of its buildings has its way of releasing the light. Some choose to wholly shine and release the light from all sides. Others choose a solution that can close completely to the environment.
This house in Shiga, Japan, is in some way a middle class. The windows are replaced with high, narrow openings in an otherwise closed concrete facade.
– This house is “just” made of cracks and there are no windows, architect Anna Nakamura writes in an e-mail to click. no.
The house has an elongated building body, and in total the facade is 105 meters. In this there are 60 columns that are a conscious, almost politically motivated replacement for traditional windows.
– This conceptual building is miles away from the glass-clad, modern architecture, writes Nakamura.
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The property is oblong with a length of 50 meters and a width of 7.5 meters. One of the short sides is on one road, while the other faces a river.
– We designed a long building body that encloses the property, with the slots creating openings to the surroundings. At the same time, the openings are not larger than that they maintain a private zone towards the surroundings. In addition, the slots act as 60 light sources into the house, “said Nakamura.
According to the architects, the house represents a proposal for how to live in a densely populated area where houses stand side by side.
– The house is inhabited by an 80 year old woman. The house is both a living space for her and an exciting experience of unexpected use, says the architect.
The architects emphasize how they feel that the atmosphere surrounding the building’s architecture is characterized by silence.
– It’s like being in the middle of a jam of loneliness and with a poetic purity shaped by an infinite space. The slots in the building body create a promise of an innovative architecture, they write.
Anna Nakamura describes how the house has its own time schedule. At the sunrise, a faint, shining light comes through all the slots and fills the rooms with a warm light.
Around half past ten the light drops through openings that lie in the ceiling.
One hour later, the light comes through the oblique slots in the wall.
And at eleven the light comes through all the slots in the building body.
– There are also a number of V’s created throughout the elongated corridor, but eventually the Vs change to single stripes, she tells.
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