The Otake house is located in the West of Hiroshima prefecture, on a high plateau that neighbors the Kamei Park of the Kamei Castle Ruins. To the South is an industrial region and a beautiful mountain range, and to the North a remarkable view of the Seto Inland Sea and Miyajima. Japanese architects from Suppose Design Office created a design fitting to these two contrasting and beautiful scenes. Structurally they divided the area between load bearing zones and free zones to make a place that could have two personalities at once.
The North side is open even while closed, with the bedrooms, kitchen, dining area, and wide apertures to view the distant scenery, which at the same time are functional as load bearing parts of the structure. Suppose Design Office wanted the South side to be as close as possible to being outside, eliminated some structural elements and designed a living area and terrace with a 6 meter eave, treating the terrace and living area as equal to create a free space with no division between inside and out. By covering the entire building with water proof material used in ship construction the unique and detailed building doesn’t require sealants or tiling. Furthermore, because the glossy, water proof material wraps around the building inside and out uninterrupted, a nature-like space is created where you can take in the outside scenery and the building and surroundings seem to blend together.
Suppose Design Office mentiones: “By rethinking standard practices and personal opinions about structure, utility, form, materials, interiors, and exteriors, we think we can find new possibilities for materials, the relationship of form and space, and the building and its surroundings, in a planning environment that opens up new wonders not found in traditional buildings. By combining traditional values and new, and breaking down not just the border between inside and out but between the values themselves, we hope to create the buildings of the future.”