YURAS | sinato
Without altering the existing floor, wall or ceiling (including the lights and the air conditioners), ‘YURAS’ is created by placing some new rooms in the center of the space.
The new rooms are required to be closed spaces because of their purposes. So architect bent in the upper part of the partition in order that the sectional form of each room might taper off as it goes upward and in order to feel a “closed mass of air” which we can’t usually feel from the room with a normal vertical partition.
This operation, which is meant to form the inside of the rooms, also shapes the outside directly.
An outward form like a collection of gabled cabins or a mountain range will appear by placing the sectional form mentioned above side by side.
In addition, this symbolic ‘mountain range’ is placed diagonally in the office space, becoming a thick partition which divides the site into work space and common space.
‘Rooms’, ‘Symbol’, ‘Partition’.
Whatever the main function may be, the quality of this space is secured by the mountain range mass at its center.
location: 2-8-9-4F Ebisuminami, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
project team: Chikara Ohno (architect in charge)
total floor area: 160.92 m²
completion period: August 2007
photographs: Hiroshi Ueda _ courtesy of sinato
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