The footprint of this vacation home dances around the complex conditions of the site. Although the site is splendidly situated overlooking an ocean view to the southeast, there is an elevation gap of about 1.4 meters in the center, around an outcropping of bedrock, and an unbuildable area cutting into the property on the street side. By necessity, the detached building housing a two-car garage, and the guest room is situated on the east side, where the elevation gap is smallest, but the client requested that the main house weaves around the difficult site conditions.
在第一次向客户介绍时，我们提出了一个由相互连接的三角形组成的计划，但这个设计并不是僵硬固定的；相反，我们的方法允许在制定更详细的计划时，通过 “捏住 “屋顶峰顶来调整形式。 而事实上，随着设计过程的继续，我们逐渐调整了屋脊，以回应客户对内部的要求，从而使每个屋脊段都包含一个适合其使用规模的空间。我们的舞蹈阶段项目（2019年）采用了类似的方法，我们称之为 “模式规划”–一种灵活的方法，使我们能够根据空间的使用方式来改变其规模，而不是通过强大的几何原理来控制整体形式。
At our first client presentation, we proposed a plan comprised of interconnected triangles, but this design was not rigidly fixed; rather, our approach allowed for the forms to be adjusted by “pinching” the roof peaks as we developed a more detailed plan. And in fact, as we continued with the design process, we gradually adjusted the peaks in response to client requests regarding the interior, so that each roof segment contained a space appropriately scaled for its use. Our Phase Dance project (2019) employed a similar approach, which we dubbed “modal planning”—a flexible method that allows us to vary the scale of spaces according to how they are used, instead of controlling the overall form through a powerful geometric principle.
The roof slabs, which amplify the triangular shapes of the footprint, are supported by polygonal columns that vary in form throughout the home, and, in places, by bearing walls. Interior air volume requirements determined the rhythm of the slabs and the volumes of the spaces they enclose. Rooms facing the sea connect to one another, twisting to the east and west to create a sequence of spaces.
By manipulating the complexity of interlinked free-form triangles, we freely varied parameters such as the relationship with the landscape, the size of the rooms, and the volume of the spaces. The result is a natural-feeling interior scale and a sense of affinity between the buildings and the site.
Architects: Takeshi Hirobe Architects
Area: 371 m²
Project Team: Takeshi Hirobe, Ikue Saito, Risa Makino