The Tokyo based architectural practice Mount Fuji Architects Studio realised this house, including a studio, for a young couple in a typical residential area in the north of Tokyo. Located on a small and dusky lot the building’s construction is based on the geometry of a “polar coordinates system”, in which each point on the plane is determined by a distance and angle from a fixed pole – in this case a big tree-like central column.
“The rule is very simple. Each LVL-frame (Laminated Veneer Lumber) was rotated and reproduced in the angle of 11.25 degree (360 degree/32 frames). Every frame is 55mm higher than next one therefore there is the height difference of 1.7 m in frame as they go around 360 degree. The resulting Hyperbolic Paraboloidal curve surface provides the entrance to the roof terrace and the emerging gap functions as a high side light.”
“The main space is divided to 4 different characterized spaces by this big tree-like column. All spaces have different compositions of height and width and different amounts of light. So we imaged actions along these characters of spaces. For example, high and well lighted space is for dinning, low and dim cozy space is for sleeping.”