Half an hour by car from Tokyo and you’re in Saitama. All the houses have their own spot reserved for cars because public transportation is not available in the area. We’ve spotted a house that not only looks rather weird, but has also adapted to the irregular outline of the site. The house with metallic cladding and horizontal stripes was designed by SNARK and OUVI on 10,313 square meters and it was finally defined in 2012. With the parking space there also comes a small garden.
The interior is simple, neat and comfortable. The main floor’s ceiling is covered with wooden beams, making the place feel warm. The natural light is also very important, flooding the interior from South, East and West. Despite its reduced dimensions, the house has enough space to accommodate a young couple. A tranquil lifestyle is not about gorgeous eclectic design details but about the pleasant ambience. And this house was designed to provide it. How do you find its minimalism? Do you find it nice and inspiring?
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts