NEXUS II HOUSING



LOCATION: FUKUOKA, JAPAN

DATE: 1991

PROGRAM: HOUSING, 29 UNITS

SIZE: 4200 SM



The street is the essential public space in the city and primary in its contribution to urban form. This project, Kashi District Housing, responds to the public and urban character of the street. The traditional perimeter block diagram for the site distinguishes between urban street space and protected garden. The design responds to the character of the residential and commercial streets that meet at our site by creating two buildings - one large, one small - which meet and interlock at the corner. They form an urban space at their juncture, a sunny plaza that is the hub of the site, surrounded by shops.

People from all stages of life and all lifestyles live together in the city. These differences, as they are reflected in the housing mix prescribed by the client for the site, should be expressed in the building. Three apartment types were developed and interwoven - the flat, the duplex and the courtyard house. The flats, designed to fit within a predetermined urban form, are directly connected to the public realm of the plaza through their walk-up entrances. The internal arrangement of the flats reflect their desire for sunlight within the L-shaped building. In the tall building, duplexes fit into an egg-crate structure like drawers in a cabinet.

The equality of their dimensions and orientation reflect the democratic tendencies of modern life, yet within these two-story drawers rooms may shift, materials change and volumes intermingle.

This housing type allows light to fill the dwelling from within. It was important to distinguish between public spaces, which connect into the networks of urban life, and private spaces, which are places of retreat, personal growth, secluded thoughts and meditation. The public space wraps the buildings, passing under the arcade and lined with storefronts. It opens to the plaza and is parallel to the life of the street. Semi-private entrance areas pierce the buildings, providing a transition to the inner, private realm of the green space and garden.

The expressive force on all levels of the design is the result of an exploration of duality. Like an interlocking joint of traditional woodwork, the two building types engage each other, creating a distinct yet integrated expression.

CLIENT: Fukuoka Jisho Co. Ltd.

DESIGN TEAM: Mark Mack, Eric Carlson, Chris Macy, Mark Jensen

PUBLICATIONS:

-Telescope: The Printed City, Tokyo, June, 1989, -Fukuoka International Architects Conference

-Progressive Architecture, October, 1989 Perspectives

-Fusion Planting, January, 1989

-Space Design, January, 1990 International Housing Exhibition in Kashii

-Progressive Architecture, January, 1990

-Portfolio, February/March, 1990

-Architecture, September, 1990 Model Homes

-S.D 901, 1990 Directions of Urban Housing-Architecture and the Contemporary City

-Fukuoka International Architects' Conference 1989

-Trendy, June, 1991

-SD, July, 1991 Directions of Urban Housing 1991

-PA, August, 1991 A Cross Cultural Concert in the Far East

-GA HOUSE, 1991

-Absolute Body, June, 1991 Wave from Fukuoka

-Japanese Publications 438, 1991

-Nexus World, 1991

-Nikkei Architecture,1991

-Domus, November, 1991 Case di Abitazione a Fukuoka

-Japan Architect 4, 1991

-Japan Architect 5,1991

-Umriss1+2 ,1992

-DisenoInterior, February, 1992

-Detail, April/May, 1992 Nexus World

-Lotus International, 71, 1992

-Fukuoka Style Vol.4 1992

-San Francisco Focus, October, 1993 Master Builder

-Nexus World 2001





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