With a tight budget to relate to, the architect created a family residence in concrete, inspired by the world of birds.
There is little doubt that Japanese architects are both innovative and creative when it comes to architecture.
The 97-square-foot concrete building in Nagano, Japan, is inspired by nature and wildlife around the house. The interior is thoughtful, visual and inspirational despite simple solutions. The mission of the architect Takuya Tsuchida from the 555 architectural office was to build a home for a married couple with a reduced budget of $ 180. 000.
The landscape around the house is characterized by rice fields and rock formations.
Catch the feeling of nature
– My first thought was to build a structure that could capture the feel of the surrounding nature, Tsuchida explains to bonytt. no. And since architecture is an artificial and man-made construction it became a challenge.
Instead of imitating shapes found in nature, Tsuchida chose to create an abstract representation that gives a sense of nature. That’s the way he came to the idea of creating a bird’s eye.
Give the little birds a funky house or egg-shaped birdboard
It is the structures, materials and patterns in nature that trigger the creativity of the architect.
– In the natural real world, you see casual and beautiful expressions everywhere, Tsuchida points out. A good example is how the birds build their rivers with twigs and leaves. There are holes and patterns in the rows and a random and decorative expression. Another is how the animals dig holes and pits in the ground.
The architect wanted to abstract these ideas, and then create architectural models.
– By doing so, I think it is possible to construct architecture that is both functional, organic and aesthetic.
Use of concrete
Although we had a tight budget, we decided to use reinforced concrete for practical reasons, emphasizes the architect. Concrete has several good properties, including that it is insulating and it can be used as a surface material. Thus we left to buy more materials, which we saved a lot of money. By simplifying the construction process, we were able to complete the project in three months.
This is concrete at its coolest
The house was built partly down the hill and the remaining ground was placed around the house. That way, they also saved the cost of disposing of the rest of the world. It has also contributed to an even better insulation of the house.
The shape of the house, with the mounds on the front of the house, will remind a bird’s eye. The architect also wanted to get the feeling of being in a bird’s eye in the house. The walls are clad with a cladding of concrete and wood tiles, a cheap material that most people dress with something else. The architect made the walls visible so that the tiles can symbolize the twigs in a row.
– The house was constructed completely without private rooms, concludes Tsuchida. Residents must define the different zones and departments with the help of furnishing. In this way, residents can put their own personal touch on the interior.
Modest but wonderful cottage
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