TAKAASHIROU Home and Pastry Store / Meguro Structure Laboratory
Textual content description supplied by the architects. Positioned in a nature-rich residential space of Tokyo, TAKAASHIROU is a 3 storey-building consisting of a pastry store on the 1st flooring and residents from the twond – 3rd flooring. This constructing is constructed alongside a slope of a cliff line and supported by tall wood pillars with distinctive architectural components. This is the reason this constructing was named TAKAASHIROU, which suggests tall pillars.
Design challenges – The primary design problem is accessibility. There was an current constructing earlier than the present constructing had been constructed. The prevailing one was a pastry store which constructed in 2010. The store was on the highest of the cliff and needed to be accessed by stairs. It wasn’t simple for purchasers with child strollers to entry the store. Due to this fact, after demolishing the present store, the brand new store’s entrance was lowered to the bottom degree to supply free entry.
One other problem is land typology. Earlier than beginning the design of TAKAASHIROU, we carried out analysis on cliffside hanging homes in China. The homes comprised a number of storeys; the primary homes reclined on the slope, whereas tall pillars on the decrease flooring supported the terraces. The terrace grew to become a semi-outdoor enjoyable area. Due to this fact, the outcomes from this analysis gave hints on how you can assemble buildings on the cliff line situation and create semi-outdoor area.
Design options – House configuration and construction – The constructing consists of three storeys. The brand new pastry store is positioned on the 1st flooring to supply free entry from the highway degree. The twond flooring consists of two bedrooms and a rest room. As essentially the most lovely view could be taken from the threerd flooring, we designed an open flooring plan for the kitchen, eating room, and lounge. As a result of that is an space the place members of the family can spend time collectively, particularly on a transparent and sunny day, they’ll get pleasure from seeing the view of Mt. Fuji.
When it comes to construction, the first flooring was constructed with bolstered concrete to make use of as the inspiration of the constructing and the brand new retaining wall towards the cliff line. The twond and threerd flooring had been constructed with wood constructions to scale back the structural load. To steadiness the middle of gravity of the constructing, the quantity of every flooring was set again to take a seat alongside the slope of the cliff line. Moreover, tall pillars had been constructed on the periphery of the constructing to help concrete terraces. These components outline the traits of this constructing.
– Creating semi-outdoor area – As this web site is situated in a nature-rich web site setting, we proposed to combine nature into the design by creating a number of semi-outdoor spots across the periphery of the constructing. The semi-outdoor spots had been shaped by partitions, flooring slabs, benches, and pillars, which can be utilized as terraces on every flooring. The alignment of pillars on the 1st and a couple ofnd flooring elevated the sense of enclosure to the semi-outdoor spots that had been comfy to each residents and store clients.
Associating with a neighborhood livelihood – Alongside the slope of the cliff line, there’s a public strolling path adjoining to the location, often commuted by native residents when strolling towards town middle. This path has turn into a connecting route between native residential areas and town. When designing the brand new constructing, we thought-about the connection between the constructing and its context. Due to this fact, we designed an open-air terrace, situated in entrance of bed room two on the twond flooring, as a transition zone to step by step change the mode of entry from public to non-public areas.