Connecting the environment and the body by “Double Skin”
“Reflective thinking” is important in a renovation project. This site is located in a contemporary standard residential area in Japan. This residential area was created very economically. There was no connection between the environment, house, and the body. Therefore “Creating a forgotten connection between the environment and the body” becomes the concept of this renovation project.
The client requests to renovate and use “a house with memories”. They required two parking lots in parallel with no need of large windows. Surprisingly the existing building was still functional despite the depreciated economic value of the property.
Therefore, it became an idea that the building should be renovated. Due to the footprint of the building and the client request for two parking lots in parallel, I decided to create the parking by cutting the existing building in the middle and rotating one of the ridges 90 degrees.
Privacy is also a major issue. It seems that this residential area, which was developed on a small scale in line with the housing needs of the baby boomers, did not take into consideration of the cityscape and the privacy with the surrounding houses. Therefore, the existing building has not been able to effectively take in the external environment. A “Double Skin” was added to the 45cm space between the parking lot and the house. It has become an environmental adjustment device for the body. This allows the house to open our bodily senses even though the windows are closed.