Hanasaki House Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture - design by MoNo
MoNo is a Japanese architectural office led by two architects, Fumiaki Nagashima and Mami Maruoka Nagashima.
hanasaki-house, Yokohama : 5 LEVELS × 3 SPACES
Photos : Koshimizu Susumu
This is the urban residence for a single occupancy is situated in Yokohama City which is about one hour from Tokyo Japan by train.
The building site is a corner plot abutting east and south on the roads which is situated in a densely built-up area with buildings facing each other across the 4-meter wide road. Each of the buildings surrounding the site has no appropriate open space in its site with an inner building space only separated from outside by the use of a single wall. Since the planned site is also space-challenged with a 7-by-8(m) area, it was designed with a focus on fully protecting privacy without compromising an urban feel and on creating a small but rich inner space.
This residence has three SPACES like an atelier and a gallery where the cliant can fully enjoy hobbys and people enjoy time together in addition to a normal residential function. The residence has five LEVELS arranged in a spatially-scattered manner with slits formed among them so that each level interacts with each other through the slits. Light, wind, music, scent, scenery and eye contacts freely intertwine and interact with each other between different levels, effectively creating a diversity of the place, proposing an unprecedented rich space, which is hard to realize in a conventional urban residence.
MoNo is led by architects Fumiaki Nagashima + Mami Maruoka Nagashima
MoNo studio based in Yokohama-city, Japan
Hanasaki House information from MoNo architects
Daylight Spaces 2010 architectural & design competition, Austria photo : Nagashima and Partner, Architects, Yokohama - photo by Koshimizu Susumu Daylight Spaces Architecture Competition : Danube University Krems architecture / design prize
MoNo carried out an exhibition of installation art in a suburb of Vienna Austria, as an official project of the 140 anniversary friendship for Japan and Austria that two countries embassies promoted.
"Light and Atmosphere in the Japanese way in Austria 2009"
This was a part of the activities as guests of "Artist in Residence Krems" that is an artist invitation system of the State of local Lower Austria, putting by the winning with MoNo's architectural work "hanasaki-house" at the international Architectural design competition "Daylight Spaces - TIA Scholarship Award 2007" that ORTE architectural network and Danube university organized. Through some lectures and the exhibition, MoNo made presentations, showing some scenes of traditional unique sense of space in contemporary Japan around a theme "Japanese original extensity" that was the keyword for MoNo's work "Daylight Spaces / hanasaki-house" as a prizewinner at the foregoing award.