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Unit 2+3 d

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Atmospheric laboratory

Eirin Bakken + Kristoffer Codam Funabashi Apartment Building, Ryue Nishizawa, Funabashi, Chiba, Japan, 2004.

Source: Japan: The New Mix: Architecture, Interiors, and more. 2007. p. 108-111. Web.


Unit 2+3 d

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Atmospheric laboratory

The Funabashi Apartment Building is located in Funabashi, a suburban outskirt of Tokyo. Build by Ryue Nishizawa, one half of SANAA. The building is 9,6m x 26m and consists of 15 apartments place on a rectangular grid. Each apartment has a kitchen, a bedroom, and a bathroom. All separate spaces unlike the traditional one-room condominium – minimizing the space for kitchen and bathroom, maximizing the living room.

Plan, scale 1:200

Two open courtyards in the middle of the building leading up to the different apartments create lot of natural daylight through the huge windows in each apartment. The numbers and size of the windows in the apartments gives a view through several apartments at once, giving a different meaning to the public/private relationship. Ryue Nishizawa is known for his restrained and minimal, yet highly complex architecture. His transparent spaces create a more intimate space both inside and outside. His strive for simplicity is also seen in the Funabashi Apartment Building with his use of concrete and glass as materials. And the fact that he leaves the rooms almost completely empty in order for people to inhabit the space.

Section, scale 1:200

Source: El Croquis 121/122: SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima+Ryu Nishizawa) 1998-2004, p. 348-363. Print


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Plan, scale 1:100

Diagram (plan): public / semi-public / private

Section, scale 1:100

Diagram (section): public / semi-public / private

Source: El Croquis 121/122: SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima+Ryu Nishizawa) 1998-2004, p. 348-363. Print


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Atmospheric laboratory

Opening / View of the courtyard through the unit Funabashi Apartment Building, Ryue Nishizawa, Funabashi, Chiba, Japan, 2004.

Source: El Croquis 121/122: SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima+Ryu Nishizawa) 1998-2004, p. 348-363. Print


P2 / Constructing A Place