Life in Spiral by Hideaki Takayanagi

Life in Spiral by Hideaki Takayanagi

Architects: Hideaki Takayanagi
Photography: Takumi Ota
Location: Tokyo, Japan

The main concept of the Life in Spiral project is “A Spiral Porch in Tokyo” -challenging to open (or close) the privacy to urban environment. The “Porch {Engawa/縁側: in Japanese}” was essential to traditional Japanese house, therefore it is one of the most nostalgic space for all.

Recently in Tokyo, lands for build some architecture are very expensive. And therefore that made Hideaki Takayanagi give up to create the “porch”. So the architects decided to create the brand-new Engawa. Very narrow site forced to form 3-dimensional (spiral shaped) engawa structure. But this was a nice idea to create engawa outside of this ribbon. The ribbon makes shade and shadow in inside and outside. Each floor slabs, spirals, end roof are entirely made from steel plate T=4.5mm. Consequently this house is very light weight to be supple for earthquakes. No thick columns are needed, all parts configure supple and strong mono-coque body. Most notably, only a highly skilled steel ship welding craftsman could build this house!

What urban statement does the house make?
Gradual mediation, relationship and serendipity configured between urban environment and the image of dwellings.

With an entire skin made of glass, how can the residents obtain enough privacy?
This house has four floors. Each floors settled a half submerged from the other buildings. From inside and outside, both sight (or view) never met. And full-equipped variable vertical shutters obtain enough privacy. Therefore you can have window (or wall) anywhere you want. This causes the relationship and serendipity to everyday life.

What make this house a comfortable place to live?
You can get the chance to build comfortable life-style from many many cerendip-activities of the city Through the spiral “Engawa”.

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