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Takuy Ahosokai : 56 Logements à Niigata

A Niigata in Japan, architect Takuy ​​Ahasokai just delivered this 56 housing complex. Located near a train station and a busy street, this building stands on stilts to maximize the number of parking spaces and to contribute to the stability of the structure. Inspired by the traditional masks of Noh theater, the glass façade is constantly changing.

The facade of the complex volume of concrete is adorned with glass changes with the reflections and the landscape. Not only aesthetic, this choice was also dictated by the thermal properties of the glass. The rendering is deep and alive, he dialogue with the ground floor open and light. A creation while balancing on stilts purposes, which will moderate over time, climate and seasons.

On this project, Takuy ​​Ahsokai states:

"Noh, a traditional, Japanese performance art, as reserves the hand inspiration for the architectural concept. The performance of Noh is joining Heavily upon the use of delicately carved masks. ALTHOUGH at first thesis masks APPEAR May to present a neutral term in FORMED They Are Such a way as to Convey has broad emotional spectrum. Through subtle exchange in the actor's movement and variances in lighting the masks are brought` to life. A similar dialogue exists entre built form and seasonal and daily exchange to the sun's altitude, weather patterns and fluctuations in atmospheric conditions. This temporal cycle conspire to transform and live Continuously light and shadows, Generating a form of architectural expression.

This is a 56 dwelling housing complex Located in Niigata, Japan. It sits along a main road, close to the central station and at the end of a busy T-junction. Due to icts scale Niigata is a typical motorized society. It lacks a metro system and The Therefore private vehicles are a prevalent method of transport. In response, we utilised stilts as a means clustering to maximize the number of parking spaces. The stilts serve a dual purpose; not only by the architectural adopté They aussi contribuer to the structural stability of the building.
The configuration of the facade Has not-been Informed by arbitrary decisions aim INSTEAD Determined by the efficiency and practicality of evacuation routes, services and piping to allow for re-use of the formwork, Amongst --other requirements. The glass, Chosen for ict thermal properties, Reflects the surrounding cityscape and integrals the façade Within icts environment. The virtual sky, reflected on the glass, Creates a sensation of depth and porosity. Combined with the open ground floor this affects the perception of the building's volume, ict Reduced mass is as it balances on the slender stilts.

Typically masks cover the Entire face to conceal ones personality, to transform oneself into someone else. HOWEVER, in Noh masks only Partially cover the face THUS revealing the jaw of a living man. This human side is permitted to express further Top the age, personality and sensibility of the actors. In this fashion, the architectural façade exudes the lives of ict Gutman; it is animated by the living chaos Within icts ordered structure. The personalities incorporated in the architecture will gradually be rewritten and inherited. This architecture will grow with icts occupants; the facade Continuously manipulated by natural phenomenon, is a Noh mask qui is activated by the changing seasons. "

Photos: Naomichi Sode

For more information, visit the architect's website Takuy ​​Ahosokai.

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