- N Residence
- Heat Control Design
- House in Koishikawa
- S Residence
- Eiso Residence
- Verolino Residence
- Ban Residence
- T Residence
Known for its exquisite sewing techniques, the Italian furniture brand "arketipo" creates high-quality items that are similar to made-to-order items. The brand started in 1982 as a small family business that made only sofas. In the later 2000s, they created various items, such as tables and sideboards, which were made by the hands of well-trained craftsman. The brand gradually gained a reputation for having reliable technology. In 2011, arketipo became a subsidiary of "cattelan italia", an Italian furniture brand. Lorenzo Cattelan, the son of the founder of cattelan italia became its CEO and art director. Without losing the exquisite craftsman technology, he built up the brand's luxurious and elegant style.
One of the attractions of arketipo is the high-quality leather, which is tanned in the traditional method of Toscana in Italy, using botanical tannin. Both the leather and the fabric have nuanced variations in color. In addition, the delicate and detailed designs like the button tufts and beautiful stitches created by arketipo's team of sewing specialists are another attraction for many customers. The polyurethane foam used for the sofa cushions is finely tuned to match each design. Further, the concentration, shape, and methods selected for pasting keeps the sofas maximally comfortable while remaining pleasant to the touch.
The N residence is located in a residential area of Moriya city, Ibaraki prefecture. The north side of the land abuts a rich green promenade. The south side, across the front road, is where the other residences are located. An architect, Satoshi Irei, planned a two-story wooden building approximately 6.9m high, which is comparatively low against the surrounding residence. The main spaces, such as the living room and dining room are situated on the first floor, with a terrace at the southeast side. The large opening connecting the dining room and terrace has 3 layers of different wooden doors: a louver door, a pear glass door, and a shoji screen door. The layered doors are retractable to create openness, but still maintain privacy and security. Irei considered the thermal environment too. An aerial heat collection solar system called "Soyokaze" was installed for air conditioning. This system collects heat through a glass panel placed on top of the roof. It works as a heater by circulating the warmed air inside and ventilates at the same time. There is a wood-burning stove on the first floor. The home's hot-water supply is created by an "ENE・FARM" household use fuel cell. A pleasant home, in perfect harmony with its surroundings, was created by combining modern equipment with historic touches, and by planning the size and layout of the building through careful analysis of the surrounding environment.
Heat Control Design
When planning a home's thermal environment, one frequently encounters the phrase "passive design". The basic approach of passive design is to maximize the use of natural energy by planning architectural designs so that one doesn't need to rely on equipment to create a good thermal environment. The "active design" approach relies heavily on equipment and requires high insulation and airtight housing. It is challenging to use zero energy, i.e. using solar power and fuel cell storage for air-conditioning. Until 10 years ago, there had been a debate on whether passive or active design is better. Currently, the most common approach utilizes a mixture of both types of designs. Apart from high insulation, airtightness, and the creation of a heat barrier, it is as important to maintain a stable temperature throughout the house. Traditional Japanese homes use materials that have low thermal capacity (apart from mud walls), such as wood and paper, making homes easily heated and cooled. The current trend is to build homes with high thermal capacity, which can be achieved by using high insulation materials and reinforced concrete construction with a heat barrier coating. By constructing a high thermal capacity home, a comfortable environment can be maintained for a longer period by circulating only the minimum volume of hot or cool air throughout the home. A home with a comfortable temperature, neither too hot nor too cold, achieved with the least amount of energy consumption possible should be the housing trend of the future.
baxter, an Italian furniture brand, creates contemporary furniture using its unique leather processing technology. Their new showroom "BAXTER CINEMA" opened in Milan in 2015. The building where the showroom is located used to be a cinema cherished by the locals. It was converted into a new concept showroom where one can experience the brand's refined craftsmanship. The showroom is open with high ceilings. Displayed in rows are the different styles of suggested interior coordination set against the backdrop of a home. At the center of these displays are the brand's new works, such as "INNSBRUCK" the bed, and "VIKTOR" the sofa system by DRAGA & AUREL. Among all the displays, the outdoor furniture "RIMINI" by Paola is particularly impressive, with its improved water and weather resistance despite maintaining its leather texture. baxter was the "talk of the town" at this year's Milano Salone, and has been referred to as "the collection that opens new dimensions for the brand." Soon, one will be able to experience what baxter has to offer in Tokyo, as a showroom is slated to open in December 2016. With its new product creations and overwhelming statement made through its presentations, baxter is a brand to follow.
House in Koishikawa
Architects Masako and Shoji Hayashi's (who are also husband and wife) home "Our House" has been repeatedly extended and reconstructed since its original completion in 1955. Originally in '55, the building was an approximately 58m2 small rectangular one-story home made of stacked concrete blocks. In 1978, 23 years after completion, the whole second floor and kitchen at the southwest was expanded. During this expansion, the second floor could not be simply added on to the first due to the revision of the Building Standards Law. Therefore a wooden constructed cantilever roof was built over the first floor and the second floor was built on top of the cantilever roof. With this renovation, the floor area increased to 238m2 and has the external appearance it does today.
After the couple's death, the home had been left with no resident. However, since 2013, architect Koichi Yasuda began living at the home. He replaced the wet area and air-conditioning equipment but kept the reusable parts through polishing. For example, he simply polished the teak in the dining room. He is using the existing sofa after having added urethane and reupholstering. He revitalized this masterpiece home not by merely sustaining it, but by carefully selecting parts of the home to keep and parts of the home to repair.