10/26/2011

The Folded House

Japan is known for stretching the limits in town home design, and creating dynamic spaces with challenging site conditions.  It seems the drive for designers is to create the ultimate experience regardless of tradition or site constraints.  The "Folded House" in Osaka pushes the limit offering a different experience with every space and structural element.



The typical design method for laying out a house would be to assign rectangular rooms with specific functions and lay them out accordingly, producing a series of rooms of similar size and proportion lending to monotonous spacial experiences.  Designers, Alphaville Architecture, steered from this conventional design practice and created a structurally rational but spatially heterogeneous house.  They used Voronoi line segments that divide equally the shortest distance to create spaces.




First, the building's shape was squashed in a parallelogram in order to keep an adequate distance from the site's borders.  Second, the center wall was folded to divide the space into two, diagonal to the site on the first floor and parallel to the site on the third floor.  Next, the floors were skipped, and the final step was to slope the roof.  Through this process various spaces were created producing a continuous sequence of changes that can be experienced as one moves along or through the bent wall.