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Experimental Architecture

S Y U KO K AT O A r c h i t e c t u r a l P o r t f o l i o 2 0 0 6 - 2 0 1 2


Experimental Architecture For me architecture is a process of realizing a site’s potential, exploring possibilities and instigating actions which come from questioning the assumptions that are made in the traditional disciplines of design. I endeavor to find fresh approaches to design which go beyond these traditional disciplines. My experience over the past eight years is reviewed here in brief. The diagrams illustrate how my ideas have developed through experimentation and process. From a viewpoint of “interactive design,� which gave birth to my thought processes, these cases of experimental design suggest that the concept of space design could be extended far beyond conventional boundaries. Thus interactive communication may be encouraged in a variety of fields thereby creating a fusion of disparate disciplines, which may previously have been considered to be irreconcilable.


Contents T-HOUSE 2009-2010 Private House 78.66 ㎡ Kugayama Church 2008-2009 Private House / Church 223.06 ㎡ Maison DOUZE 2008-2009 Housing 533.20 ㎡ a+d project 2010 dance performance 78.66 ㎡ La Bouaie Retreat Centre 2012Dance studios / Flats / Private Residence 1950 ㎡ Kogakuin University Student Center 2009 University Student Center 9,630 ㎡ Hokusai Museum of Sumida Design Proposal 2008 Museum 4,920 ㎡

OGAL PLAZA 2008 - (under construction) Urban design 11.8ha

OGAL PLAZA Public Library 2009 - 2012 library / child care center / tenant / marche 6567.42 ㎡ Haruhino Housing Project 2009 housing 2773.71 ㎡ Ichihara-city Waterfront-Sculpture Hill Proposal 2009 Museum / renovation 533.20 ㎡ Dakar Flats Project 2011Flats / Private House 1500 ㎡ Jeddah Residence 2011Private House 900 ㎡ Street Library (Diploma project) 2006 Urban pathway (Library / Park) 3,000 ㎡


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The site is rich and green, located not far from the center of Tokyo. The owner, an artist, wanted to arrange and extend his atelier space into the living room. He also wanted a wall of bookshelves

2009-2010 Location: Tokyo, Japan Private House 78.66 ㎡

with a good view of the back covers. The first floor was thus totally allotted to one room where he would spend most of the day, the other rooms being arranged on the ground floor. Saw-toothed factory-type roofs with large openings of glass were formed to the South and to the North to maintain good ventilation, and light from the sky. This arrangement of rooms attained a notable effect of expanding the sense of space, while the division of the room is made naturally by sunshine shifting slowly along with the change in daylight. The transcience of the seasons as exhibited by the color of the forest is taken in through the view.

Position: Project Architect •

Managed project with responsibilities for all process.

Prepared and presented feasibility reports and design proposals to the client.

Produced detailed working drawings and specifications.

Resolved problems and issues that arose during construction.


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roof: structural ply wood t18 silicate calcium board t10 asphalt roofing purlin t30 galvalium steel panels rib-seam joint heat insulator 24kg/m3

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ceiling: ply wood t12 japanese lindesh veneert4

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ventilation fan

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floor: barcony board: steel grating base angle L-50×50×6 rust proofing painting +SOP

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Kugayama Church

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This church was located at the dead-end of a narrow lane to a densely inhabited neighborhood in the western suburb of Tokyo. On the top of a small hill and surrounded by buildings on almost all sides, this church could only be noticed from one corner where an

2008-2009 Location: Tokyo, Japan Private House / Church 223.08 ㎡

entrance was located. The chapel and the related functions were arranged into the basement, approached via exterior stairs. The pastor’s residence was open to a spacious patio mainly used for the communal activities. Climbing up the hill, and descending the deep stair lead to a dark prayer space. At the end of which worshipors would find the cross hung under the unexpectedly strong sunlight introduced from above. In contrast with this dark realm below, the upper sphere was fully lit through the central patio. A narrow path under eaves and pergola provided a transitional zone. Although there was essentially no garden, the approaching lane and the stairway to the basement were fringed with rich vegetation to cut the view from the disturbances of the outer world.

Position: Assistant Architect •

Joined team and discussed the objectives, requirements and budget of the project.

Assisted the project architect in producing drawings, models and images.

Adjusted and clarified the legal conditions including negotiations with the government office.


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Pit Pit

Professional experience

south elevation scale 1/100

Yasumitsu Matsunaga / Modern Architecture Institute


second room water surroundings

work space

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This was a scheme for housing and studios for twelve artists. We designed the scheme to gain the maximum volume allowable within the legal conditions of Japanese regulations.

2008-2009 Location: Saitama, Japan Housing 533.20m2

Each unit had a ceiling height of four meters to allow for the production of large sized art work. The kitchen and bathroom were made smaller and lower to allow a loft space above which doubles as a sleeping area. This arrangement allows diagonal space and an expansion of the perceived area of the apartments as well as cross ventilation and views.

Position: Project Architect •

Managed the project from start to finish.

Negotiated with contractors and other professionals.

Visited the site regularly to check on progress, ensuring that the project ran on time and to budget.


Professional experience

Yasumitsu Matsunaga / Modern Architecture Institute


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Rooftop - City

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A personal project is presented. An experiment was conducted to create space based upon considerations on the simillarity of the concepts involved between

2010 Location:Tokyo, Japan performance

“Architecture” and “Dance”. This project was started stimulated by the interest that the terminology of architecture and of dane somehow looked equivalent. Grasping the meaning of the extracted sentences of architecture and dance, trial was done to search for a new space. We proposed to create a small architecture on the rooftop of a small building in a city, so as to produce a space for realizing the experimental stage that could possibly appear in the extension of our daily life. The rooftop spaced about twenty square meters, as was very narrow even for several visitor’s seat, and left least space for dancing. Here is contrived, however, a small construction of a sheet of cloth with pleats and gatherings in order to yield spatial effect of “depth” in a limited space. Two dancers gave birth to various movements, perceiving information, compatible with own size, issued from the small construction.

Position: Organizer •

Architecture: Hisashi Takayama, Syuko Kato

Dance: Aya Sato, Syuko Kato


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Taking the roofscape and applying it to the land, so that groundscape echoes roofscape.

La Boulaie Project 2012Location: Brittany, France dance studios / Flats / Private Residence 1950 ㎡

A development in Brittany, France. The owner, an artist/dancer had a vision to create a resource for the performing arts in nature. His particular interest was movement and improvisation. The aim was to create a retreat centre for performing arts, set in a farming area of rural France, converting and re-designing old farm buildings to dance studios and accommodation, also landscaping areas both in the internal court yard and adjacent field and orchard. Proposed ideas were to organize experimental spaces. The facilities were designed so that the perceived experience of navigating the space was different for each visitor. An interesting example of this concept is demonstrated in its public space, which did not require signage. People would discover novel ways of navigating the site, regarding the form and geography of the buildings and gardens which would challenge the senses and conventional perceptions. The result was to emphasize the owner’s concept of ‘improvisation’.

Position: Architect •

Managed project with sole responsibilities.


proposed site plan

proposed site section

Professional Work

SYUKO KATO / Studio AnD


reception

perspective view entrance


SYUKO KATO / Studio AnD

lake / cow shed / stables / existing building structre

Professional Work

existing court yard view


Kogakuin University Student Center

Presented is a plan for a University Campus located in Hachioji, Tokyo. The site of the University is situated halfway up a mountain. One can get a bird’s eye view of whole the surrounding campus, and far down to the houses and streets of Hachioji town. “Two-fold Academy Rings” floating on “The Common Hill”

2009

The lecture rooms, the laboratories, and the other offices were so arranged as to form two-fold rings-structure with corridors

Location: Tokyo, Japan

following the traditional style of a college enclosing a courtyard.

University Student Center

Further, this open space of the courtyard rich in green was designed on a hill. The rings were constructed as if they looked like

9,630 ㎡

floated on the piloti, and the administration offices were situated beneath the courtyard of a hummock, named here “The Common Hill”, because it presented an easy access to the lecture rooms. Thus any access via piloti from the surrounding buildings of the campus was guaranteed, and the access paths to the offices became also smooth. The administration offices in the underground took advantage of the location that could receive light from above the hill. This configuration secured both realizing good views from the neighboring center down to the towns, and also enabling the lower height of the buildings. Position: Assistant Architect •

Arranged the qualification of the competitions for the first discussion.

Joined competition team and discussed concept design.

Prepared materials, such as models and CG images, and put them into one sheet of the presentation board.


Yasumitsu Matsunaga / Modern Architecture Institute

Environment

Professional experience

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Access


Hokusai Museum of Sumida Design Proposal

“A Casket floated in the sky” This proposal is for a Hokusai Museum planed in the site near the new Tokyo Tower under construction. The principal requirement for the new plan was a building that could contribute to the inhabitants of the city in a variety of their

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activities.

Location: Tokyo, Japan

The site neighbored a park facing to the main street of the name of Hokusai.

Museum

The new building was so planned as the citizens could make good use of the facility in their daily lives. An interface to function

4,920 ㎡

a smooth access to the building was formed in succession to the park. Above on the site was structured a wooden casket in a form of floating in the sky that took a precious collections and the material of Hokusai. The casket was equipped with display and information retrieval apparatus. It was expected that the museum might present a sight familiar with the citizens, as if a landmark floated in front of the park.

Position: Assistant Architect •

Arranged the qualification of the competitions for the first discussion.

Joined competition team and discussed concept design.

Prepared materials, such as models and CG images, and put them into one sheet of the presentation board.


Professional experience

Yasumitsu Matsunaga / Modern Architecture Institute

Museum - City

Plan


OGAL PLAZA

This project was planed to connect the west side of the station in the pastoral area with the east side that featured the historical district ”Hizume” of an old post town once crowded for a few hundred years.

2008- (under construction) Location: Iwate, Japan Urban design 11.8 ha

The site was divided into three zones. Firstly the green principal street consisting of the municipal office, the library, community studio, store buildings, and a public square among those buildings, secondly the neighboring residential zone, and thirdly the peripheral zone of the site. The respective zones were so planed as they would “echo” with the neighboring districts depending on the proper background of the respective regions; 1. The green principal street was planed in reference to a scenery of an old village spread among the windbreak forests called “Egune”, 2. In the residential zone was adopted a “southern cornered housings” consisting of a stable and a residence jointed in the form of a letter “L”, as were often popular since the old time in Shiwa. A design guideline was further organized so that the designing of the streets and the buildings on the sites could be positively controlled. This guideline was made full use of in creating and maintaining environmental conditions of the town, in which the inhabitants and the visitors find the beauty and the prosperity, as well as of the cultural consistency. Position: Assistant Architect •

Joined team and discussed the objectives, requirements and budget of the project.

Assisted feasiblity study such as searching the local area conditions and similar scheme of the urban design project.

Assisted producing design guideline, making models and images.


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tradittional old area

green street & park sports ground

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Yasumitsu Matsunaga / Modern Architecture Institute

The peripheral zone

site TYPEⅠ~Ⅲ TYPEⅣ~Ⅵ

Professional experience

form

car

strage southern cornered housing

gate・wall・fence

public landscape 1m inside between the line

paddy area


OGAL PLAZA Public Library

This project was of the first building as belonged to the OGAL Urban Design Project. A library was planned to be constructed at the site near a station facing the green principal street. The plan was characterized as

2009 - 2012 Location: Iwate, Japan library / child care center / tenant / marche 6567.42m2

to realize a facility in which not only the citizens could utilize it but also cultural exchanges among the citizens were to be actively promoted. Thus a large scale two-storied building of the floor space over 6,000 square meters was designed, in which the building consisted of three wooden-structures separated by two reinforced concrete-structures. This configuration enabled to apply for a large-scale complex-use wooden building. Further more, this scheme of the wooden building reduced the cost, and also contributed to use local wood, and so to reinvigorate local economies. In addition to the configuration of the complex building scheme, methods of construction were examined in detail to allow not only possible choice of the conventional Japanese method but also the wooden structure with the beautiful “mansard roof” that presented pillar-less space in the upper-story, as of the structure by Inayama Masahiro.

Position: Assistant Architect •

Joined competition team and discussed the objectives, requirements.

Assisted the project architect in producing drawings, models and images.

Adjusted and clarified the legal conditions and the budget of the project.


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public library

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Haruhino Housing Project

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Speculative housing development project in Tama New Town in the metropolitan suburb of Tokyo, which was inaugurated in 1960’s and is coming to the final phase. The main market target is the upper-middle class residents with preference of the affluent suburban

2009 Location: Tokyo, Japan housing 2773.71m2

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car parking space entrance bedroom living dining powder room roof-top terrace private garden upper level alley bridge

13 terraced subdivision lots returned to the land owner after the land readjustment6works executed by governmental agency. Despite 5 3 the stringent design guideline imposed by the agency to the house owners or developers, the existing townscape is not esthetically

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patio, roofed parking for two cars, and roof-top garden. Thus the residents could enjoy the relaxed life of suburbia. This project was meant to be a proposal for an alternative housing development in this New Town, which turned out to be a miserable disaster of 20th cross section

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century urban design. Within the basic L-shape unit envelope, a variety of room plans are prepared to adapt to the preference of the occupants. In order to enhance the multifarious expression, the four sides of the blocks are painted in four colors according to the orientation of the wall. The staggering walls create a multifarious townscape with harmony found in traditional communities in many areas in the world. Position: Assistant Architect •

Assisted the project architect in producing drawings, models and images.

Created feasibility studies, adjusted and clarified the legal conditions and the budget of the project.


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Ichihara-city WaterfrontSculpture Hill Proposal | Competition

“The Ichihara-city waterfront-sculpture hill” was opened as a base of the municipal sight seeing, and also of the cultural activity in the city. However, the museum has given rise to various problems in its facilities, functions, and also in the concept itself occurred due to the temporal change in the society. Thus a proposal was required that can renew whole the museum as the municipal basis for art and culture, “The loop gallery and the art garden”.

This project aimed at creating a space that allows the visitors to enjoy both art and picnic on the basis of the location in which one can 2009 Location: Tokyo, Japan Museum / renovation

command the most attractive view of the lake, while the original basic structures are mostly maintained. One solution to this requirement was a plan to extend the arc of the existing facility to a circular gallery that surrounded the site, thus enabling one to fully enjoy the changing views and the works of art by walking around the garden. Further, a moss plant harmonizing with the surrounding green field was arranged on the walls so that the environmental influence is considerably decreased. In the garden encircled by the loop gallery were spread out-door art, the exhibition halls, the atelier for the artist-in-residence, the shops, and the café, in the manner as the visitors would feel like being welcomed in the course of the respective tour from a point to another. The garden led through the lakeside under the loop, on which was formed a space conveniently utilized for a music concert, and also for a variety of events. All the citizens and the sightseers would hopefully be familiar with the place.

Position: Assistant Architect •

Joined competition team and discussed the objectives, requirements and the concepts.

Assisted the project architect in producing drawings, models and images.


Site

Professional experience

Yasumitsu Matsunaga / Modern Architecture Institute


Dakar Flats Project

The site was located on the peninsula, facing the Atlantic Ocean, in the forefront of West Africa. Client wished to have a building with his own house on his property of 20 meters wide and 25 meters deep. The building had five floors and a basement, providing owner’s

2011Location: Dakar, Senegal Flats / Private House 1500 ㎡

house on the top two floors, six flats for rental dwelling spaces on the upper two floors, and a social area of entry hall, gym, and lounge on the ground floor, the basement being allotted for parking. A gap was created between neighbors and building volume by setting back, and also the building volume was floated so that the property gained improved privacy and secured space for private area. The volume itself was opened to the west, and each space was organized in accordance with the outside deck space. This construction further allowed open-plan living room under warm temperature with natural light featured by vast luxuriant views expanded toward the ocean and the historical context. In owner’s house, a swimming pool was set between living room and external balcony. Here the inhabitant within the room would perceive no boundary between the surface of the swimming pool and the sky, while the surface of the pool gave rise to various impressions, depending on the temporally and seasonally changing weather. The volume was wrapped with screen so that internal spaces gained patterns different from those at facade. The thickness of the screen and the gap between screen and the windows could yield effect of a dynamic buffer of shadows. The inhabitants would enjoy the filtered light as well as a plenty of natural light on the balcony. Position: Project Architect •

Managed project with responsibilities .

Prepared and presented feasibility reports and design proposals .


private space (bed room / shower room)

25m gap

common space (living room / dining room)

barcony

security

20m

view

gap

Professional experience

Carbon Design Associates

air


Jeddah Residence

The site was located in historical Arabic area, Jeddah, a port city on the east coast of Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea. It was originally suggested to plan three single contemporary villas using two typical lots with approximately a 30-meters frontage by

2011Location: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Private Residence 900 ㎥

35-meters deep for each lot. Here a plan of internal design was proposed for the young generation family that could gain good harmonization with the traditional Arabic living style of strict privacy. The plan was so developed with particular emphasis on the transient space between common area and the private rooms that the area for common use was left open for all the family, while each private area was placed independently to keep sufficient privacy. The common spaces were arranged in a manner as to form a wide aisle. In the respective divisions and the corners along the aisle were employed a kitchen and a living room with study areas, while bedrooms and private seating rooms were placed separately. Another important feature of the house was a courtyard provided with a pool. This space conveniently connected the transient spaces to each other, giving rise to different viewpoints at the respective inner spaces, and also serving sufficient light and ventilation. Here a deck opened to the courtyard through louver contributed to keep comfortable atmosphere, if the climate was often hot in Jeddah. Position: Project Architect •

Managed project with responsibilities for all process.

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Prepared and presented feasibility reports and design proposals to the client.


Professional experience

first floor plan

Carbon Design Associates

ground floor plan


STREET LIBRARY

A new concept of "an urban pathway" is proposed that would possibly draw inhabitants with the regional history and its color into the existing buildings, and so contribute daily to create new activities just by presenting transient places in which a variety of

2005-2006 Location: Yanaka, Japan Urban pathway (Library/Park)

voluntary interaction among them could more happen. In the course of the research attempted to re-examine how people tend to select their respective communities among urban spaces at the traditional downtown attention was focused onto the fertile public space where the narrow streets run and cross like web among the unique residential districts of complexity. This is the aim of the scheme to reform the open space so that the new urban pathways are contrived to lead and connect to the existing community center, and work as active streets rather than passive space keeping good privacy and safety isolation in the city, hopefully compatible with the traditional features of the old communities.

Diploma work for batchelor’s degree


Volume

Site

Personal Project / Diploma Work

Circulation

View from a street to the library


SYUKO KATO Studio AnD / People in Spaces Unit A4 Arena Design Centre 71 Ashfield Rd. London N4 1FF TEL : +44 (0) 7789 197 416 E-mail : katosyuko@gmail.com Website : www.studio-and.co


SYUKO KATO portfolio 2012  

'Experimental Architecture'For me architecture is a process of realizing a site’s potential, exploring possibilities and instigating actions...

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