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2008年03月10日

FURO Project

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Kiso, in Nagano prefecture, is famous for producing good-quality timber from the old days, most notably, cypress. Artifacts using cypress and lacquer have been industrialized, and because it is blessed with mountain forests, Kiso had inherited the tradition until now. The bathtub design project "FURO" started by interior designers Ryu Kosaka and Yukio Hashimoto maximizes Kiso's traditional techniques and transmits Japanese culture to the world.
Kosaka used 300-year-old Kiso cypress and designed a circular bathtub "HINOKI" to bring out its soft texture. It is a usual practice to clench the wooden bathtub with metal bands on the exterior to avoid and reinforce shears but this bathtub is reinforced from the inside so bands won't be seen. This requires advanced techniques, but with craftsman Kesao Ito's pride and skill, an accurate product corresponding to its design was completed.
Hashimoto believed in creating bathtubs that would symbolize the unique bathing style of the Japanese, and he thought achieving this would require the traditional Japanese lacquering called "Urushi" technique. When he designed "TOMOE", he actually sat in the bathtub and closely inspected how his back lay on the tub before he made decisions on the design. The craftsman, Tomochika Saito, hopes this will be an opportunity to inform the world about "Urushi" possibilities.
"FURO" will be showcased at Milano Salone in April 2008. The product has modern aesthetics made by accurate hands dealing with Japanese tradition and culture. It will be transmitted globally and at the same time, it'll be a great opportunity to teach Japanese people about the magnificence of their own country's culture.

Step to Garden

The residence is not simply a box. It functions for the first time only when there are residents and a garden. The word home in Japanese signifies a strong connection between the actual homes as well as a garden, especially because the Japanese kanji characters for "home" also include the character for "garden". This applies not only to houses standing alone but also to housing complexes like apartments. The garden connects the indoors to the outdoors i.e., private residence and public society, especially since we lead our daily lives going back and forth between these places.
The garden's existence where the wind blows, the light sways and the greens express the four seasons, teaches us the true meaning of enriched life. More importantly, by having a good partnership with a garden designer who pursues the answer to "how to enjoy life through a garden", a garden that reflects a resident's characteristics can be created, and this garden will grow together with the environment and the family. In this article, we discuss the process of landscape completion while working with a garden designer. Also, merit, demerit, cost and maintenance are discussed.
The completion of a garden is the starting point. The joy of having a garden is to cherish how the garden transforms/grows beautifully over the years. It is best to enjoy the garden life as a part of residence, with a mentality of creating a landscape together with a garden designer.


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2008年03月11日

N Residence

At the N residence in Kyoto prefecture in the Kinki region, the courtyard is the center of the residence. An architect, Kenji Tagashira designed this house and came up with a layout plan where the courtyard can be seen from anywhere in the house, maximizing the characteristics of the land using different elevations. On the other hand, a garden designer, Toshiya Ogino, who designed the courtyard, has skillfully incorporated the sloped land created by the difference in elevation and has reproduced scenery that resembles a Japanese field.
On the hilly part of the courtyard, lava stones and Sasa veitchii f. minor Rehd are placed as an earth retaining method. In between these, grand cover plants are planted that exude a mellow atmosphere. Meanwhile, the courtyard, the courtyard except the hilly part, was made to be a green lawn at the owner's request so that the children can play in the garden in the future. This beautiful contrast of two gardens combined adds color to the residence.
The inside of the house utilized the difference of elevation by making the rooms connected by split levels. To have a feel of stretch, partitions are minimized while at the same time, having split levels allows people to sense each other's presence while still being able to maintain a good distance from each other. The courtyard green looks wonderful in the simple, modern space, which has white as a basic tone.

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Architect : Kenji Tagashira

2008年03月14日

S Residence

Minami Boso city, in Chiba prefecture is situated at the extreme southern tip of the Boso peninsula in Kanto district. The S residence can be found after going up the steep slope surrounded by fields. There is a commanding panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean from this hill, which faces a cliff full of greens.
The owners, the S couple, asked architect Andrea Hikone to design their house. Andrea wanted to maximize the characteristics of the land and let the house have different expressions, facing the ocean and the cliff respectively. The east side frames the scenery with the roof and the floor, which slant toward the ocean. The focal point is the horizon. On the west side, the wall was established slanted along the cliff so that one's line of sight extends up to the sky with a skylight at the very top.
In keeping with the theme of the house, the living/dining room and the bedroom on the 2nd floor were made into one room. A storage cabinet painted in a traditional Japanese deep purple "Nasukon", works loosely as a partition. As for the wooden door that separates the bedroom from the den, art paper called "Karakami" which is used for decorating Fusuma doors (Japanese sliding doors), is cut in circles and pasted.
On the 1st floor, individual rooms like a storage room and a bathroom are consolidated and a picture window framing the ocean is placed at the entrance. This artwork-like window blends in well with small ethnic objects that the wife collects. A comfortable residence that has a beautiful panoramic view and ethnic elements was created.


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Architect : Andrea Hikone

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