Photographer's Weekend House by General Design

Photographer's Weekend House is a one-storied house with four courtyards, located in Sanbu District, designed by General Design for a photographer asked for a space where light and shadow interplay beautifully.

Observed from studying various ideas from a tower overlooking the Pacific Ocean through several small houses scattering around. The strength and simplicity of its structure fitted well with this extensive open space. The volume of rough concrete blended in with its desolate landscape as if it were there for an eternity.

In contrast to a simple external volume of rough concrete, an internal space enclosed with walls is designed to show the depth of space as well as interplay of light and shadow. The cross-shaped space cut out by the four courtyards arranged in the four corners of the building provides a continuity despite having necessary structural walls in between. Walls are placed only to divide the space loosely allowing light and space to play with the visual perception and create illusions of distance. There are horizontal spaces connecting to the courtyards, darker spaces enclosed with walls, and vertical spaces stretched out to the sky. While going through these spaces playing with one's vision, one's mind starts to enjoy a continuous labyrinth of inside versus outside, and light versus shadow.

Throughout the day, natural light comes into the building from four courtyards. Sometimes it shines against a big wall creating a bright mirror effect. Other times it aims low casting an interesting shadow figure on a courtyard. Playing with light and shadow, this weekend house is forever continually in a state of change.

Design
General Design Co., Ltd.
Location
Kujukuri, Sanbu District, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Area
1463.4 m²
Year
2007
Photography
Daici Ano

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