“Casa Kamishizu” is a three member family residence located in a new residential area in Tokyo suburbs, facing a small park. This new residential area lacks the typical city density thus offering vacant plots ready for development.
In the architects own words:”As for the state of land with a cleared surface, I felt freedom.
I’d like to reflect the freedom and possibility in an architectural space”.
In an attempt to preserve this feeling the building was partly lifted off the ground creating a pilotis. The other part of the building rests on the ground becoming part of the adjacent park. A 45cm slit is placed between the 1st and 2nd floor so that a sense of floating is achieved between the two floors. This is enhanced by the use of very thin pillars (1F:f76.3mm, 2F:f46.8mm).
The living spaces are situated on the second floor where the living, study, dining and kitchen coexist in an “L” shaped open plan facing the “green” roof garden on the north side.
The bedrooms and utilities are situated on the first floor.
The highlight of the residence is the entrance. The stairway, leading directly to the second floor, is enclosed with glass achieving minimum intervention with the ground below.
Architect: Junichi Sampei A.L.X., Tokyo, Japan, www.xain.jp
Location: Sakura, Chiba, Japan
Built Area: 80.73 sq m
Materials: Steel frame
Structural engineers: Kume Structural Research & Development Office
General contractors: Ogawa KyourituConstruction
Junichi Sampei A.L.X., Tokyo, Japan, www.xain.jp