Pillar House is a concept that was designed with the intent of proposing a new type of housing that emphasizes the living quality of its inhabitants. It was first introduced as a miniature model submission for the “Arts & Life: A Housing for Living” competition that was held in September 2011 by the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. At the recommendation of jurors Kazuhiro Kojima(C+A), Ryue Nishizawa(SANAA), Akihisa Hirata and Sou Fujuimoto, my work was fortunate enough to be selected as the winning submission and I was given the honor of turning my miniature into a life-sized model.
My inspiration for Pillar House arose from the authentic japanese houses. After the big earthquake in Tohoku in 2011, I went there and see the old houses with a big pillar in the center of the house. It was an elastic pillar rising up from the floor of the house to its ceiling, and it was a sight that truly left an impression on me. It symbolized a traditional and familiar centerpiece in old Japanese homes, one which I could see continuing in its role to provide support for the Japanese house of tomorrow. However, instead of one central pillar, I imagined several in one house, creating a space of openness, yet providing shelter to the family living intimately among them.
2012年7月至9月，在东京都美术馆内建造了真人大小的 "柱屋 "复制品。所有的柱子和地板在空间和结构上都是相连的，目的是为了重现一种类似于中世纪村庄的氛围，在这里，人们可以看到一排排的小房子，蜿蜒的小路，空旷的空间，屋顶和台阶有机地交织在一起。在这个概念中，我还加入了门、窗框和家具，以创造舒适的生活空间。例如，靠着柱子，在天花板较低的地方，人们可能会发现一个舒适的、像阁楼一样的空间，可以享受一本书。另一方面，在天花板最高的地方，一家人可以聚在一起，度过一个美好的夜晚，仰望星空。这个设计是一个需要不断改变和精心调整的努力，以确保模型内所有元素之间自然和谐的融合。最终的结果是，房子里有鲜明的房间和隐蔽的角落，但没有墙体的累赘和不人性化的障碍。我希望通过这种方式，让未来的房子有一种不可预知的感觉，让一家人享受其中，同时也有一种清晰的通透感，让他们的关系更加紧密。
The life-sized replica of Pillar House was built within the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum from July to September 2012. All of the pillars and floors are spatially and structurally connected with the purpose of recreating an atmosphere akin to a medieval village where one can find rows of small houses, winding pathways, open spaces, roofs and steps that appear organically-woven together. To this concept, I also added doors, window frames and furniture to create comfortable living spaces. For instance, against the pillars, where the ceilings are low, one may find a cozy, attic-like space to enjoy a book. On the other hand, where the ceilings are the highest, the family can gather together and spend a nice evening looking up at the starry sky. This design was an effort that required constant changing and careful adjustments to ensure a natural and harmonious blend among all of the elements within the model. The ultimate result is a house with distinct rooms and tucked away corners but without the encumbering and impersonal barriers of walls. In this way, I hope to give the house of tomorrow a sense of unpredictability for a family to enjoy, as well as a clear sense of transparency to bring them closer together.
Project Name: Pillar House
Design Firm: Suzuko Yamada Architects
Project Location: Tokyo, Jpan