Posts in Category: Japan

Applications of parametric design tools in Horizon House

Tomorrow we will be presenting Horizon House at the Graduate School of Design as part of the program of ‘Innovate Talks’, introduced by the Chair of the Department of Architecture Iñaki Abalos and moderated by Professor Mark Mulligan. We will be explaining how the competition asked for a sustainable solution for a retreat in nature set in rural Hokkaido (Japan) and we envisioned a house built with re-used local materials.

In March of 2013, I created a simple Grasshopper model that allowed for geometric explorations but also provided a general overview of material needs. You can check out the definition and some of the iterations below, extracted from a report I submitted at the end of the Spring semester. In addition, I have attached some of our original construction drawings.

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Snow piles up around Horizon House

Akiko Kubo, one of the the caretakers of the experimental houses built in the Memu Meadows, has shared the most recent status of Horizon House under the snow. We are very excited to see the evolution of this winter and getting up to 1.00 m of snow. This will cover the railroad-tie base, leaving the house ‘floating’ in the white landscape.

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Shinkenchiku magazine covers the opening of Horizon House

One of the members of the jury for the 3rd LIXIL International University Architectural Competition, Professor Darko Radovic from Keio University, has posted an entry on his blog  about the Japanese magazine Shinkenchiku featuring the opening of Horizon House. Click on the image to see more.

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Horizon House under the snow

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Photo taken by Ms. Akiko Kubo

A morning at Horizon House

Thomas Sherman, Carlos Cerezo and I enjoying the beginning of the day at Horizon House.

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Opening of Horizon House

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