VOID SPACE/HINGED SPACE HOUSING

Fukuoka, Japan 1991

English

DESCRIPTION +


功能: Mixed use complex, with 28 residential apartments
业主: Fukuoka Jisho Co.
    规模 45,671 sq ft
阶段: complete


From hinged space to the silence of void space. Four active north facing voids interlock with four quiet south facing voids to bring a sense of the sacred into domestic life. To ensure emptiness, the south voids are flooded with water, generating flickering reflections. The 28 apartment interiors are conceptualized as "hinged space," a modern interpretation of the multi-use concept of traditional Fusuma. Diurnal hinging allows expansion of the living area during the day, reclaimed by bedrooms at night. Episodic hinging reflects change in family over time; rooms can be added or subtracted accommodating grown-up children leaving or elderly parents moving in. A sense of passage is heightened by three types of access, by allowing apartments to have exterior front doors, and by interlocking apartments like a complex Chinese box.

AWARDS+


  • 1992 AIA NY HONOR AWARD
  • 1991 PROGRESSIVE ARCHITECTURE AWARD

CREDITS+

  • architect
    • – Steven Holl Architects
    • Steven Holl ( design architect )
    • Hideaki Ariizumi, Pier Luigi Copat (project team)

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