Studio: office m-sa
Location: Fuji, Shizuoka
Phase: Finished construction
Gross Floor Area: 194m2
Design Date: 2015-2016
Construction Date: 2016-2017
Architects: Meiri Shinohara(office m-sa), Yohei Mochizuki
Photographs: ©Kazuhisa Kota
We were asked to design a residential house for a family of 7 at the foot of the Mt. Fuji, Shizuoka, from where the summit can be seen clearly. The clients family truely embraced an intergeneration- al family dynamic with kindergarten age children to grandmothers over 90 years old co-habitating the same space spanning 3 generations.
The house is composed of a courtyard and stacking 6 different size of small boxes of which each box allows the change following needs of growing family. Joining with series of bridge the boxes can be circulated around a courtyard with no dead end. By offsetting the boxes, it creates different terraces and eave spaces of which the buffer spaces can be used effectively.
There are two ways approaching each room, by passing through the bridge or terrace. The bridges with benches and desks bring the lives overflowing from each of boxes. The lives of the family sometimes are revealing and sometimes are hidden. By bringing lives and allowing change of use in each space, the building can organically grow with the family.