The site is located on the residential area in Isesaki-city, in Gunma, and it takes two hours from Tokyo in Japan.
There are low-rise small housings areas around this area, and the area was arable land at one time. And also, it is located in basin is surrounded by mountains. (These mountain, Mt. Akagi, Mt. Myougi, and Mt. Asama are well known to the hiker and rider as good riding course by bike, lovely view spots, and nature hiking.) This housing was planned for four people family. We think one big volume box does not adapt to the surrounding environment. Therefore, it should be the combining various volume small boxes for harmony with the environment. Owner wants to divide the space into various volumes and colors by functions, and our proposal is to strew with 12 boxes of one story have each different function in a circle. Residents can have varied their life styles based on this circle plan by these boxes. We create a garden by the formation of boxes in the circle at the center of ring, and also different size gardens come at the space between the next house and this house. People can move and connect to inside and outside through these gardens. Moreover, the interesting thing about this house is that there are the orchards on each roof. These roofs were planted the fruit trees and plants, and these plants have function as thermal insulation. These gardens’ concept is that family is looking forward to grow up their own plants, and their neighbors also can enjoy the orchard like “own fruits” from their second floor. It can be “The Community Garden” to observe the harvest and, owner might be sharing seasonable fruits during all seasons. Also, this house is the gathering spot of other creature like bards, insect, and small animals. They come together at same place at same time, and then they are singing and playing to give a peaceful for people. The real intention of this project is not to make the owner’s individual garden and it is to share the garden with neighbor and other creatures. It can be “The Real Sharing Garden” around the environment.




Kaori Ichikawa