sorte | A.L.X.

sorte | A.L.X.

Rebuilding from one to one

‘sorte’ has been built in what was once a old timber house.

It has a good influence for the surrounding by making the the outside approach space of sharing. Because the approach of five households the floor concentrates, it becomes a three-dimensional composition of the vertical direction of each unit.

I thought that a three-dimensional composition become affluent space in the city. The area and the plan of all units are different. Which unit which part to the building has been stored is not understood from the outside, high privacy is secured. This is a result of considering that it is on the site where the detached house in the one-storied house has built originally.

If the building can be recognized as one target, it is not subdivision from 1 unit to 5 units, and it becomes rebuilding in one object one object. And, the role of the site in the city in the building doesn’t change. I think that such a three-dimensional house of terrace style become one method of raising the quality of living by construction in a high density residential quarter in the center of a city.

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third floor plan


architects: A.L.X.
location: Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
function: residence
project team: Junichi Sampei (architect in charge)
structural engineering: Kume Structural Research & Development Office
site area: 110.26 m²
built area: 63.00 m²
underground floor area: 40.00 m²
ground floor area: 50.56 m²
first floor area: 46.00 m²
second floor area: 60.74 m²
third floor area: 13.41 m²
total floor area: 210.75 m²
maximum height: 10,900 mm
structural system: reinforced concrete (UF + 4F)
completion period: June 2008
photographs: Koichi Torimura

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