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Photo by: ©Shigeo Ogawa

House of Multiplicity II

The residential and office buildings are connected via the eaves. The courtyard is surrounded by the eaves and corridors, and the atrium creates a continuous three-dimensional space, as if the courtyard encroaches on the interior. The architectural volume is divided and stitched together by path-like gathering places (corridors, workspaces, library spaces, etc.), creating a continuity with the scale and spatial experience of Kita-Kamakura.
On the first floor, the walls that make up the courtyard continue into the interior, creating a space. The walls suggest traffic flow and create an opening that connects to the private road outside and House I, but at the same time they block the view and give the space definition. Although it is an open structure, privacy is maintained. As one progresses through the space, from the stairs, to the split-level floor, and to the second floor, the wall composition gradually changes into a volumetric composition, and finally one arrives at a private room. The three-dimensional depth created by the spatial composition corresponds to the privacy of the space.
While the openings, roof, and materials echo those of House I opposite, each has its own unique structure and texture. By having the architecture behave in a very natural way in relation to the courtyard, we aimed for both people and the space to become part of the organic texture of the town of Kita-Kamakura.


Kamakura, Japan



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