Architect: Ryue Nishizawa
Year built: 2005
This architecture takes the concept of the Japanese tradition of the apartment minimum and yet reconciled as a whole one with the city. Ten parallelepipeds with different floor areas and heights are distributed freely through a tract of land not much larger than they are lots. The load-bearing walls have a thickness of 6 centimeters, extremely thin even by Japanese standards but are reinforced with steel plates, thus making possible the openings of very large windows. In the middle, a landscape of paths, fields, and niches unfolds, cascading unhindered on all sides in the alleys of the district public. The boxes make up five apartments for rent, very compact, some stacked and each with 16-30 m2 of space, with its gardens-plus apartment transferred the landlord, who can access only its functional facilities scattered, like the bathroom and kitchen, outside. Landscape, city, and the house become indistinguishable.
Source: http://openbuildings.com/buildings/moriyama-house-profile-39113# ; http://www.wohnmodelle.at/index.php?id=83,74,0,0,1,0