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DETAIL Prize 2012: Wind-dyed house
Nominated for DETAIL Prize 2012:
Wind-dyed house, Yokosuka Kanagawa, Japan
acaa / Kazuhiko Kishimoto
The residential building of architect's office acaa / Kazuhiko Kishimoto in Yokosuka Kanagawa, Japan, was erected half way up a cliff with a view overlooking the sea. The strongly dispersed arrangement of the walls and the flat protruding roof help to embed the building in the contours of the surrounding landscape. Due to the use of diverse architectonic means, each level is connected to the surroundings – in the form of terraces, pathways or views. Stone and concrete define the first level with bedroom, bathroom and dining room. Trees and bushes throw their shadows on translucent Japan paper in framed parts of the windows. On the upper level, the aim of the planners was to ensure that the enclosing walls did not restrict either the view or freedom of movement. Those facing the sea can therefore be opened completely. A row of pillars marks the border between the inside and the outside, while the widely projecting roof allowed by the steel construction enables a flowing transition from the living space to the wood-panelled veranda laid out in the Japanese style.