Satoru Hirota architects have completed the ‘Lik House’, a single family dwelling within a residential area
of the business district in Tokyo, Japan. Lik House aspires to be a place of comfortable intimacy, says Satoru Hirota.
Three blocks, laid on the plot with angled trajectories, generate an irregular outdoor space that acts as a private square. The courtyard – a place for both physical and visual interaction – projects the interior into the surroundings.
People moving from one room to another feel as if they’re crossing transitional spaces. Dynamic, slender passages are only arrested by intermittent box-like elements in the interior. Despite its remarkably narrow interior, large openings give the house a sense of openness and transparency and introduce a continuous play of light and shadows.
Each volume made wall thickness the shape of a tube of the monocoque by the comparatively thin concrete of 150-mm thickness so that the presence of a building might not become superfluous too much, and so that the boundary between an inside and the exterior might continue vaguely. While slender one-room space is sometimes bent, the president of a university amounts to about 50m continuously. It is dotted in space like this tunnel as a unit with a small function called a kitchen wine cellar toilet closet.
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