Block Prints: Pit House

Create a connection between man and nature.

In a place he calls sacred.

Let the unspoken words of the foreign speak to you.

And build on the creations of the mind.

Pit House: Book Diagram

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Interior & Exterior Diagram –

I used one diagram that can be taken apart to represent both the exterior and interior of my house. On the interior of my book I choose to communicate the importance of the circular excavated space into the foundation and the extruded form which creates the core of the building. I used the thickness of the book to show that the house has different levels; the foundation (pages) being one of the main layers, the excavated forms (the holes drilled out of the pages) making up the ground floor, the extruded pages (forming the core of the house) and the second story (shown by a portion of the cover). The excavated space was a crucial part of the design concept to connect nature and architecture. The pages represent the inside of the house just as you would find them on the inside of a book. The second story is shown by a piece of the cover to show that that material is much different than the parts that have been dug out on the first floor. It is a much more solid piece of the house. Just as the cover of a book protects its pages the cover here represents the exterior portion of the house protecting its residents. Its box like figure encloses the circular forms but allows views into the house by hovering over the ground floor.

Pit House: Book Diagram

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Interior & Exterior Diagram –

I used one diagram that can be taken apart to represent both the exterior and interior of my house. On the interior of my book I choose to communicate the importance of the circular excavated space into the foundation and the extruded form which creates the core of the building. I used the thickness of the book to show that the house has different levels; the foundation (pages) being one of the main layers, the excavated forms (the holes drilled out of the pages) making up the ground floor, the extruded pages (forming the core of the house) and the second story (shown by a portion of the cover). The excavated space was a crucial part of the design concept to connect nature and architecture. The pages represent the inside of the house just as you would find them on the inside of a book. The second story is shown by a piece of the cover to show that that material is much different than the parts that have been dug out on the first floor. It is a much more solid piece of the house. Just as the cover of a book protects its pages the cover here represents the exterior portion of the house protecting its residents. Its box like figure encloses the circular forms but allows views into the house by hovering over the ground floor.

Pit House: Book Diagram

Interior & Exterior Diagram –

I used one diagram that can be taken apart to represent both the exterior and interior of my house. On the interior of my book I choose to communicate the importance of the circular excavated space into the foundation and the extruded form which creates the core of the building. I used the thickness of the book to show that the house has different levels; the foundation (pages) being one of the main layers, the excavated forms (the holes drilled out of the pages) making up the ground floor, the extruded pages (forming the core of the house) and the second story (shown by a portion of the cover). The excavated space was a crucial part of the design concept to connect nature and architecture. The pages represent the inside of the house just as you would find them on the inside of a book. The second story is shown by a piece of the cover to show that that material is much different than the parts that have been dug out on the first floor. It is a much more solid piece of the house. Just as the cover of a book protects its pages the cover here represents the exterior portion of the house protecting its residents. Its box like figure encloses the circular forms but allows views into the house by hovering over the ground floor.

Pit House

Pit House

This house was designed by UID Architects with the intent of “connecting to the earth” at the request of the client. Located on a terraced mountain hill in Okayama Prefecture near Seto Inland Sea in a residential area the house is positioned to have views to the north and its ground level is one meter higher than the road level. The architects’ intention was to design the house so that there was no real distinction between the natural environment and the architecture, a quality used in traditional Japanese architecture, he wanted them to coexist. Instead of the architecture being a separate piece of the land he made it an extension of the environment by using the pit dwelling. Altogether there are six types of floor levels; the uppermost level is supported by “branch like columns” that holds up the exterior cedar box and makes the house appear to hover over the sunken ground floors. Another strong Japanese quality of this house is the fact that it basically consists of one big open space with many different levels that seem to flow into each other. The prominent materials used in this house are wood and concrete. Wood being a very strong aspect of traditional Japanese architecture, used on the floors and as walls to separate few parts of the house and concrete which is seen in more contemporary Japanese architecture today.

 

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Pit House

Pit House

This house was designed by UID Architects with the intent of “connecting to the earth” at the request of the client. Located on a terraced mountain hill in Okayama Prefecture near Seto Inland Sea in a residential area the house is positioned to have views to the north and its ground level is one meter higher than the road level. The architects’ intention was to design the house so that there was no real distinction between the natural environment and the architecture, a quality used in traditional Japanese architecture, he wanted them to coexist. Instead of the architecture being a separate piece of the land he made it an extension of the environment by using the pit dwelling. Altogether there are six types of floor levels; the uppermost level is supported by “branch like columns” that holds up the exterior cedar box and makes the house appear to hover over the sunken ground floors. Another strong Japanese quality of this house is the fact that it basically consists of one big open space with many different levels that seem to flow into each other. The prominent materials used in this house are wood and concrete. Wood being a very strong aspect of traditional Japanese architecture, used on the floors and as walls to separate few parts of the house and concrete which is seen in more contemporary Japanese architecture today.

Pit House

Pit House

This house was designed by UID Architects with the intent of “connecting to the earth” at the request of the client. Located on a terraced mountain hill in Okayama Prefecture near Seto Inland Sea in a residential area the house is positioned to have views to the north and its ground level is one meter higher than the road level. The architects’ intention was to design the house so that there was no real distinction between the natural environment and the architecture, a quality used in traditional Japanese architecture, he wanted them to coexist. Instead of the architecture being a separate piece of the land he made it an extension of the environment by using the pit dwelling. Altogether there are six types of floor levels; the uppermost level is supported by “branch like columns” that holds up the exterior cedar box and makes the house appear to hover over the sunken ground floors. Another strong Japanese quality of this house is the fact that it basically consists of one big open space with many different levels that seem to flow into each other. The prominent materials used in this house are wood and concrete. Wood being a very strong aspect of traditional Japanese architecture, used on the floors and as walls to separate few parts of the house and concrete which is seen in more contemporary Japanese architecture today.