Course Description The course provides information on how a contemporary architecture can be made to blend effortlessly into its natural landscape, and how a house complying with modern living requirements may become a successful addition to a traditional tourist resort, in this case, a small Japanese town in the Prefecture of Nagano not far from Tokyo.
The course material includes many pictures, technical and construction-detail drawings with legends, and a descriptive text providing in-depth information on the overall project and the technologies and materials used.
On completing the course, you will be able to discuss how a contemporary architecture reinstates a close relationship between indoors and out, between a man-made artifact and its natural setting.
Learning Objectives – after reading the article and studying the drawings, you will be able to:
Analyze whether the project includes new functions not contemplated by conventional houses and how these have been designed into the building.
Describe how the house fits into its natural setting, with particular focus on how it conforms to the lay of the land.
Analyze the way interiors and exteriors interrelate.
How natural materials have been used to blend a man-made architecture and its natural setting.