Located between rural and urban areas on the edge of Tokyo, Akatsuka House by Kiyotoshi Mori and Natsuko Kawamura / MDS is designed to shelter its inhabitants from noise of the city yet connects with the surrounding environment.
“The site is a former farmland converted to residential land, which is situated between rural and urban areas. In order to maintain privacy of the house, it is necessary to consider views looking down from above, as well as views from the street level, since middle- to high-rise buildings are starting to be built around the area.” say the architects.
“The large simple pitched roof, with extended eaves at low height, prevents the house from being seen from above. A calm space is kept at the center of the house, away from the outside noise.”
“In the plan, three distorted walls are arranged in a ring shape, sheltering the house from being seen from outside. In the section, various degrees of distance are designed between inside and outside by adjusting a distortion between the roof and the walls.”
“The interior consists of a space defined by the ring-shaped walls and the remaining space. Distances between the two spaces are diverse, corresponding to size, direction, position or thickness of the ‘openings’ at the border of these spaces.”