This is a small, private house in a dense urban neighborhood. Like a valley, the site is surrounded by buildings on all four sides; the client hoped to build a house that would bring about, even if modestly, a sense of peace and fulfillment between the inside and outside.
The design of this small house began from my process of looking deeper into the Katsura in my own way.As I studied the inside/outside relationship as evident in the design of Katsura, I rediscovered various elements that lead to its sense of pleasantness. I contemplated on ways to implement this knowledge-which I had extracted from the Katsura which also has a grand garden-in the small and dense urban “valley.”
I thought that, if I cut into the Katsura’s plan and rotate it so that it encloses into a circle, perhaps I could “fold up” the inside/outside spatial relationship into a compact version.
∇ 概念图 concept diagram
This resulted in a new form in which a shallow, engawa (veranda)-like space that connects and supports the rich inside/outside relationships extend in a three-dimensional circle, looping around.
∇ 平面图 plan
∇ 立面图 elevation
∇ 剖面图 section
∇ 详图 drawings
项目名称：Loop Terrace House
设计公司：Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates