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Swelled House, Japan

Tuesday 10 Jan 2012

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Studio velocity complete home to be in touch with the natural environment 

A house is for a female hairdresser and a pair of cats between the hill behind and a small stream. There is a hair salon, where the owner works, and a dining room, where the owner can work on the weekdays and dine with her friends on the weekends on the first floor and some residential spaces on the second floor.

The site is large and there still remain natural environments such as a stream below and small hills except for a neighbouring house on the north side. Like a stone on earth, which used to be in the ground.

Like plants wavering in the winds,
Like leaves and nuts falling around according to the weather on the day,
Like erosion forming landscape for a long time,
Like water makes a sphere with the surface tension,
Like swelled by the expansion force
'- Studio Velocity

The firm thought of how architecture can blend with environments. Non-artificial building and space apart from the designer can be created by the volume changes influenced by a natural action, air expansion force.

The team formed the volume with an expansion of air leaking into the gap between two planes like a paper balloon. This will lead to the instability of shapes, which looks like to go back to the original shape, and the air volume with motions inside.

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studio velocity/Kentaro kurihara&Miho iwatsuki

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