We are already used to Japanese architecture, which puts a different value on space than most of the Occidental cultures do. The Hiyoshi House is such a fine example of compact architecture! EANA, the firm responsible with completing this project, has envisioned a space that connects the inhabitants and makes them enjoy the cozy, compact space. The place is ideal for a couple that tries to experience the boundaries of “family life”. The rectangular house in Yokohama comes with large side windows, replacing the concrete structure and creating a place flooded by light. Transparent and breezy, the house is equipped with everything needed. The social space includes the kitchen, the living and the dining room and a four meters high ceiling.
The large windows allow the inhabitants to be observers of the natural scenery. The interior floor is a mix of concrete and wood. Nothing too sharp nor sophisticated. Just moderate and relaxing. There’s little furniture to emphasise the breeziness, which is not a bad thing, of course. What is really particular about this house is the upper roof top garden – a spot ideal for seeking inspiration and enjoying a tasteful cup of tea at dusk.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city