Architect: Anna Nakamura, Taiyo Jinno
Year built: 2010
A House Awaiting Death is a unique residence with an architectural concept; not a happy one, but one taken out of life, a reality _ death. This is the case with this elderly loner, who expects his death within the next fifteen years. “
As architectural design is not what the architect wants to design, but a mixture of the clients’ needs and wants along with an appropriate program but to also meet the aesthetic requirements of the client and the architect. After hours of brainstorming of how to go about on this project, EASTERN found a symbolic insect which is no other than the butterfly. In the East a butterfly is believed to take the spirit of the dead and transform into one; this is their cultural translation of eternity and reincarnation.
The symbolisms have been brought into the architecture by large polygonal windows which have been designed accordingly to the shapes on the butterfly’s forewings. The eastern sunlight streams through the polygonal windows which have been placed in a wave like motion. The form of the windows changes to correspond with the people in sitting, reclining, and standing positions. The overlapping windows, the accumulation of natural light and the creation of shadows create a hymn as the entire building erupts with natural sunlight in the morning.
sources: http://www.yatzer.com/A-House-Awaiting-Death-by-EASTERN-Design-Office; http://www.archdaily.com/77271/a-house-awaiting-death-eastern-design-office/; https://www.google.it/search?q=%22A%22+House+Awaiting+Death&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.47244034,d.Yms&biw=1454&bih=690&hl=it&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=GfusUezpF4Gk4gTu4IBQ#imgrc=_; http://plusmood.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/A-House-Awaiting-Death_EASTERN-design_plusMOOD_11.jpg;