Reflection of Mineral by Atelier Tekuto // Tokyo

published in: Architecture By Ricardo Hernandez, 24 February 2010

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photo © Makoto Yoshida

The team at Atelier Tekuto has designed a home from a dissection of a white volume. Located near the center of Tokyo, the complex architectural dwelling, although intricate in its angular play, has a serene and simple nature to it.  The house exterior is stretched over a sea of unique planes in white finish. Utilizing elimination as part of the creative process, Atelier Tekuto pondered on the keywords of 'minerals' and 'reflection' to focus the dissection as a positive influence to the project.  The dwelling's abstract form capitalizes on the idea that there is not one space alike, therefore strengthening the narrative to the natural minerals.

photo © Makoto Yoshida

photo © Makoto Yoshida

The polyhedron gives the home a new facade from every angle you look at it. This reflection allows for external and internal diversity as one travels through the space. The project is theoretically provoking but do we want our homes to feel diverse and ever changing or do we need that constant reinforcement that allow us to feel comfortable and safe?  Although many questions to the vernacular experience come to mind I cannot dwindle the thought and articulation that the space and its three lighting facets - transparent, translucent and opaque - weave and change the internal experience remarkably. 

photo © Makoto Yoshida

Within selected surfaces of the exterior facade, the interior space is exposed through windows and openings that take the shape of the dynamic exterior skin in which they are placed.  The form is white in color, allowing us to see the sharp folds and steep angles created to build the extreme dimensions.  The house stands out as an energetic, a stark contrast to the surrounding architecture; the form created makes you reflect and wonder how the exterior influences the interior.

photo © Makoto Yoshida

photo © Makoto Yoshida

The unnaturally shaped windows create interesting patches of light on the interior walls as the sun filters through.  Complementing this angular form is the interior volume itself; unusual angles and shapes begin to form positive and negative dimension for living and dining.  The interior palette is light in color, this allows the daylight to bounce around the rooms and bring life to the space.  While there are heavy volumes of concrete, it's not overwhelming or too heavy because it is balanced with the fragile, translucent glass opening of the interior environment to the exterior world. 

photo © Makoto Yoshida

The angles forming the interior walls shape the space into new forms and dimensions as they invite you to investigate oddly shaped corners and interesting spatial relationships.  There is nothing parallel about this space, every plane dissects and interrupts another.  The main stair folds rhythmically from the floor above, acting as a skin just like the exterior one. The serene quality of the exterior is juxtaposed to the aggressive angles in the interior. It reminds me of the phrase 'a diamond in the rough' , a thought provoking and formally interesting project. I wonder how the project would turn out is we could flip the forms from inside out. Now I am intrigued!

Discover some more interior views through the pictures that follow //

photo © Makoto Yoshida

photo © Makoto Yoshida

photo © Makoto Yoshida

photo © Makoto Yoshida

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  • friend
    R. | 2010-02-24 11:24:37

    Simply magnificent.

  • friend
    pieterjan | 2010-02-25 01:59:40

    WoW!

  • friend
    erube | 2010-02-26 22:11:34

    Hasn't this house been seen on all blogs and in many magazines since two or three years already?

  • friend
    je | 2010-03-01 16:02:03

    really don't want to live in this house!

  • friend
    chinak | 2010-03-12 13:33:53

    wonderfull work

  • friend
    Darius | 2010-03-24 07:45:02

    Wow this is a amazing piece of architecture! I wish I could live here!

  • friend
    usman javed | 2010-03-25 10:35:54

    awesome work.. captured the dynamic lines, nice composition, played with angles..i like the spaces.

  • friend
    lumarch | 2010-05-07 01:37:25

    concept very good materialized

  • friend
    bwin | 2010-05-26 05:42:47

    Amazing design. I could never live in this house, but it still looks absolutely amazing.

  • friend
    philippe swx | 2010-11-24 10:49:27

    Nice iconographic architecture.Realy the architecture to have a experience every day It looks like a private "porto concerthall".

  • friend
    ghazal | 2013-04-22 13:42:38

    really magnificent.not beautiful but very specific.

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