Monday, February 21, 2011

Villa in Kaikoh | City of Atami, Shizuoka | Satoshi Okada Architects

Villa in Kaikoh is designed for a vacation house in the City of Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture; well known as a hot spring resort, 100 kilometers west from Tokyo. The site is located on a steep cliff between a major public road and a narrow street below by 16 meters, from which a splendid view of the Pacific Ocean is appreciated.
Client family uses the villa for inviting guests not only to eat and drink after fishing, but to enjoy the thermal water directly provided from the local natural spring. In responding to the existing cliff terrain with convexly irregular surfaces; at first, the building form was considered to assimilate itself into the environment in an abstract way. In making architectural spaces, one simple rule was applied. It is a "folding by shifting" on a paper strip. The manipulation gives a rich spatiality of three dimensionally transparent in architecture with a variety of sections. When a single strip is folded by shifting in different directions, there happens to appear rather complex apertures in diagonal directions not only horizontally, but also vertically.....more

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