The Tsuchihashi House was built in Tokyo and is integrated in the lively neigborhood of Toshima-ku. It’s somewhat special that the whole supporting structure of the building is exposed inside and mostly consist of solid steel. If you have ever been in a Japanese house you know that isolation is nearly nonexistent if there is any at all. The temperature inside usually matches the one outoors and air conditioning sytstems are excistential.
The different levels of the Tsuchihashi House allow for a very structured living experience where every living area has its own space. Living and working take place on the ground floor, while the kitchen and bathroom are on the upper levels. Even if the light structure of the building improves the sense of spaciousness, the cold steel material which was mainly used may be uncomfortable to live with. But that’s not our problem, right? ‘Cause it looks great anyway.
Kazuyo Sejima who designed the building was awarded with the Pritzker Prize in 2010 together with Ryue Nishizawa, co-founder of their architectural association SANAA.
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