Architect: Makoto Tanijiri
Location: Kodaira, Tokyo – Japan
Year built: 2009-2010
The Japanese Suppose Design Office has designed a residential building in Kodaira-shi, Tokyo with a primitive-like tent affixed to the residential structure. The architectural concept of the Kodaira-shi residence is that the residential structure is half-covered with a hexagonal shaped Tarpaulin to blur the barrier between the indoors and outdoors, thus creating a form of privacy for the residents who want to enjoy their unique garden which is located on the street level and is privacy-deprived.
The Kodaira-shi residence is home to a family of four; a unique residential project according to the architects. The site is located in such a manner that it has direct access from the public street; as it is level to the street, it therefore lacks solitude.
However, the owners asked for a garden, a private space for the kids to play and the family to socialize in the open-air.
The architects affixed a hexagonal tent structure to the residence. The structure works as a partition separating the two spaces and creates different zones; the Tarpaulin was used to blur the barrier between the interior and exterior.
According to the architects, the primitive-like tent structure hovers over the garden acting as a roof, a wall and a fence. The tent-like structure generates an outside environment which blurs the boundaries of the exterior area and incorporates it into the interior. Moreover, the sliding glass doors in the recessed living room area can be completely opened so as to merge the front garden with the interior thereby marrying the pleasant garden space with the house’s communal area.
sources: http://www.yatzer.com/The-Kodaira-shi-Residence-Suppose-Design-Office; http://inhabitat.com/kodaira-shi-is-a-toyko-residence-covered-in-a-tent-to-create-a-private-shaded-garden/; https://www.google.it/search?hl=it&q=The+Kodaira-shi+Residence&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.47244034,d.bGE&biw=1454&bih=690&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=6_usUZKCLem04ASN3IHgAQ