So my major problem was providing privacy while transforming the nature to urban life style. Light was one other thing I need to solve besides those, because the Azuma House’s site is high in encloser level, while Glass House, as the name implies glass, it has no privacy with the nature, but there is still balance of privacy in between nature sources and the public sources. In this post, I am majorly going to focus on light problem. Trying to determine ways to maximize the light context in inner spaces.
Sun light comes directly from the sky, therefore playing with the transferency level of the roof will be a good idea to start with. There are lots of examples for this situation and I realised that the technic, opening the roof, is one commonly used today. A book I got from the school library has lots of examples for this situation: Houses Made of Wood and Light, Micheal Dunckerley with Jane Hickie. Hank Schubart, the architect of the Salt Island houses was playing with the openning of the roof to maximise the amount of used light. Also in Azuma House, the architect has designed a courtyard which was both for public area for the family to meet and from my perspective, it also is a great light source for the other rooms because all the openings were meeting at the courtyard somehow.
In a house like Azuma House, the light also has to be equally transformed to the other rooms, so even the space is an enclosed one, nobody will feel sick because of darkness. While analysing several houses which has similar conditions, I ended up with very interesting solutions which will be good and rich in benefits. Imai House is one of them. The architect, Katsutoshi Sasaki, has opened opening through the walls, so the light of one room will pass to the next one. There are also big openings on the walls or on the ground to maximise the use of light. In Imai House, even the rooms are divided by walls, the corridor is still bright. No need to make any comment on the big opening on the wall. It’s very obvious.
One similar approach is seen in Promenade House. It is designed by Japanese studio FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects. The facade is pretty long and there are no opening in both sides. However the openings from the roof and from the both ends has been well planed, because each room of the house again bright. One special feature of the house is there are openings placed near the ground. If you ask me, ground level is a good way of providing private spaces both could be for the inner and outer relations.
One other house I think it would be beneficial for my study is the Townhouse by Elding Oscarson. The reason I found this very surprising is the house is divided into two blocks and between those there is a garden, but the division is way to distinct when compared with the previous examples.
Again one more house I noted down was ANH House by Sanuki Nishizawa. The reason I wanted to analyse this was the natural relations were rich even the house had several floors. Again, like the previous one, this rectangular prism house has no openings on two long facades, but has several openings for light source from the roof and the other shorter facades. In this house, the mini apartment gardens are placed right above the entrance.
First I thought it was a good idea, however after criticising it one more time, I changed my mind. I am okay with having a special part in the house only for greens, however I would change the location of the mini garden. Rather than having it somehow in front of the street, I would prefer placing it at the end of the house where there is no opening on that facade. Therefore, I would maximize the relations with nature while making use of light and balance the privacy level with the outer side. To sum up the research till this stage, I could use ground level openings in some part of the house both to lighten up the corridors and rooms individually. Roof lighting seems very useful at this stage.
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