Course Description The course looks at six different Japanese houses, which although very different, have a common program: to combine the provision of high quality living standards, in keeping with user demands, with excellent esthetic results. The buildings are exemplars of the importance of prior research into architectural forms in both urban and rural settings. The course material provided comprises technical drawings, images, construction details, models and study diagrams, together with a description of each unit and its special features. On completing the course, you will be able to discuss the different design strategies adopted in the different urban or rural settings to produce contemporary architecture providing comfortable, livable and functional residential spaces.
Learning Objectives – after reading the article and studying the drawings, you will be able to:
Describe the way each residence fuses harmoniously with its particular context.
Motivate the choice of materials used for structure, sun shading and finishes, describing the interior features as a function of occupant comfort and privacy.
Analyze the relationship between envelope and frame and describe how these contribute to the overall esthetic result.
Discuss how careful use of technological and esthetic innovations combined with the different contemporary lifestyle modalities can produce architecture whose spatial distribution and circulation routes ensure maximum occupant wellbeing.