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Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong 2 Houses Tokyo Japan

2 Houses, Tokyo, Japan
Year: 2009-
Main Use: Residential
Site Area: 310 sqm
Bldg. Area: 310 sqm
GFA: 360 sqm
Storeys: 2

Looking out, seeing people come and go while trees are standing still, witnessing the change of scenery season after season. Street poles spanning across the narrowest allies, providing mysterious connections between houses. Window view becomes an extension to the outside world. It measures time quietly. The two houses, standing side by side, related and yet separated. Its outline traces back years of history within the context. Simple detailing, rough concrete and aged timber are elements that tie the two houses together. Within them, store calmness.

Inside the house, the connection to the outside is reduced down to two linear courtyards, framing 'the tree' standing on a sheet of white gravel, absence from the city's influence, quietly documenting time. Contrary to the ground floor, the pitched roof is a small space enclosing the stair leading to an undefined open room - the roof itself. Three meter above ground, the city skyline seems almost tangible. Looking back, 'the tree' - is standing still.  

 

 

 

Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong 2 Houses Tokyo Japan

 

 

 

Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong 2 Houses Tokyo Japan  
The project

2 houses in Tokyo is a private development that consists of 2 almost identical houses, occupying 2 identical plots. The client's requirements are clear.

Calm, but not sterile.

Humble, and yet unexpected.

Economical, nothing extravagant.

Open space with flexible floor plans and a space to contemplate.  

 

 

 

Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong 2 Houses Tokyo Japan  
The concrete functions as thermal masses, which store energy, chilling the spaces in the warm seasons, whereas warming the interior in winter. The effect is supported by the introduction of chilled/heated slabs, to activate the thermal masses by water radiation. No further heating or air conditioning is needed and the energy effort to maintain a comfortable living climate is reduced to a minimum. Further, the open plan allows cross ventilation throughout the entire building.

By the choice of materials like fair-face in-situ and pre-cast concrete, industrial finished flooring and local construction techniques with simple details, the project stays under budget. This opens up opportunities to custom design furniture pieces as prototypes for House 2a, such as the kitchen unit, the dining table, the courtyard bench and the floor-sitting-couch.

 

 

 

Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong 2 Houses Tokyo Japan

 

 

Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong 2 Houses Tokyo Japan

 

 

 

Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong 2 Houses Tokyo Japan

"[Tadao] Ando's lineage continues with other Japanese architects embracing the ideals of their elder, developing buildings that showcase simplified forms void of material differentiation. Japanese based architects, such as recent Pritzker Prize winning SANAA, have been able to showcase the countries critical regionalism all over the world. Back home a new batch of young architects are following in Ando's footsteps, embracing the creation of white architecture within the borders of this Island Nation. Hong Kong based Cheungvogl have been making a splash across the pond with their designs for the KAT-Ohno urban cultural center and 2 Houses project both soon to be located in Tokyo."

Architizer, November 2010  

 

 

 

Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong 2 Houses Tokyo Japan

 

 

 


Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong 2 Houses Tokyo Japan

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