My views of House design
Everyday life of 10000 times
The number of times for daily living will amazingly expand when you begin your life in a new house. First, notice that one year contains 365 days. Within 30 years, you will have spent more than 10,000 days. Everyday necessities such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, using the restroom or taking a bath are repeated more than 10,000 times. Thinking about it, to live daily in an affluent place such as a house can lead to enriched things. We try to consciously design houses for long term daily living.
Joy, Anger, Grief, and Pleasure
In daily life, people live, experiencing a variety of emotions. One day you may feel fine as you can forgive anything. The next day you may feel withdrawn or overwhelmed by deep grief as you don't feel like talking to anyone. There may be days positive feelings are encouraged by listening to the voice of your children jumping around at a reading room. We think that creating a house is to create a personal space which can embrace the complexity of human psychology.
Resident and Residence
People change as time goes by. Naturally families can change as well. We have never ever thought of creating a house in order to adjust it to our clients or their families. We do keep in mind that we uniquely design a house for the existence of the person, so that the space and the resident can connect with each other. We embrace a natural flow every time we create a totally different house.
Client and Architect
As an architect, listening to a client's demand is essential. However, we do not think of creating architecture solely by accepting anything the client wishes. Space should be created by considering the essence of what a client does and does not wish. Every single day we design with such considerations in mind.
Concept for Architecture
We like to use a sports analogy to describe the concept for architecture. Every sport has its own unique set of rules. One would not use the rules of soccer with baseball or table tennis. To create a new sport would require a new set of unique rules. The concept for architecture is like creating a new sport each time, each with a new set of unique rules. Our ideal way when creating a house is that our client plays a game of architecture. We design the rules through dialogue with our client keeping in mind environment, wishes, cost, law and other various conditions. This allows our client to play the game rather freely. We think that the concept for architecture is a rule for a new sport, created every single time. We treasure the concept.
It is very difficult to select materials when creating a house. For instance, we often hear a phrase "Natural materials". We wonder what on earth is that. Concrete and iron can be fine natural materials even if they are not categorized as plants. Thinking of the problems about time and energy-consumption, it is threatening more and more. It is already Zen questions and answers if asking "afforestation is natural materials?” We remove preconceptions and an easy image as much as we can. We select the materials prudently one by one by thinking slowly and carefully through dialogue with our client. We try to think of how to make use of each material - woods, stones, irons and ones produced by human wisdom.
We often hear a phrase "something friendly to the environment". It is regrettable to introduce equipment as a solar panel or efficiency of insulation throughout to the end in order to meet the needs. It is so-called "Ecology", however, we wonder if exactly it is ecology or not. Of course we don't think lightly of them, the consideration for such an environment theory is already something as manner for architects nowadays. Truly thinking about the environment is more complex. It is to examine from location, client and the relationship with the town and yet it is something including possibilities. Therefore we consider creating a house designed for its environment as well.
Talking about "Harmony"
We like Japanese tea culture. Even if thinking of a small teacup, we name the teacup and write its history and note of the authenticity on a box. It is overwhelming in that the teacup becomes one existence functioning as a teacup to drink tea as well as make and preserve history. The culture which is not captured by every frame even if it is neither splendor nor simplistic, high-cost nor low-cost, domestic nor non-domestic. We emphasize with such a way of the tea ceremony. It might be exaggerated to say, however, we strive at creating a "house" being as an extension of culture and of "Harmony".
In the world of Japanese tea there is a word "Kintsugi". It is a method of repair by filling a missing part with gold in order to stand out as much as possible, instead of hiding the part. This way the teacup and its history, including the missing part lives on. Plus, gold is harmless to the human body. This method and material leads it to become more attractive while protecting its history. We design for renovation of architectures by thinking in that way.
There are no two same locations where architecture is built. In the same way there are no two same clients who come to live at the same place. Every day we design with a strong consciousness of what each of them have, each irreplaceable by history, individuality, and the environment, existing only at that place. In our opinion, necessarily new shape of residence will be produced each time by doing it this way. Meeting a new client is also the moment to meet a new architecture.
- Opened Tomohiro Hata Architect & Associates
- Worked at Shin Takamatsu & Associates
- Master of Engineering in Architecture, University of Kyoto
- Bachelor of Engineering in Architecture, University of Kyoto
- House of the Year (Complex House), WAN House of the Year 2011
- Rookie of the Year Award of Kansai (Belly House), The Japan Institute of Architects
- Encouragement Prize (Forest Shadow), Rokko Meets Art 2011
- Honorable Mention, Echigo-Tsumari Australia House Competition
- Winner, Nagahama Urban-Glass Competition 2011
- Atlantic City Boardwalk Holocaust Memorial International Competition, Finalist
- Honorable Mention (Network Housing), SD Review2009
- Finalist, Atlantic City Boardwalk Holocaust Memorial International Competition
- Honorable Mention, Housing Design Competition, Tokyo Society of Architects and Building Engineers
- Winner (Bird City), Rokko Mountain Design Competition
- First Prize, Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition 2005
- Gold Medal, Summy Design Play Space Competition
- Graduation Award in Architecture, The Architectural Institute of Japan
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