TAKEO KAMIYA, Architect
A creator of contemporary arts transformed himself into a philosopher. This is the house for the single person, who studies philosophy of Kant or Deleuze in a university, keeping an artist's passion in his heart. The three-storied house on a high ground, having a fine view, involves spaces for meditation upon substance and emptiness.
DATA ; Three-story reinforced concrete building / Location : Higashi-Mita, Tama-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture / Design : Takeo Kamiya architect and associates, Feblurary - August 1998 / Structural design : Isamu Suga / Mechanical design : Hiroyuki Higashi / Electrical design : Shoichi Yamazaki / Construction : Daisho Kogyo, September 1998 - July 1999 / Site area : 198 square meters / Total floor area : 108 square meters / Photographs : Isao Imbe
A ramshackle wooden house was rebuilt to three-story reinforced concrete house at a quiet college area on a hill.
On the opposite north-side of the house, large-sized panes of glass are fixed top to bottom on the north wall of the staircase to enjoy the view looking down the valley-like landscape. As for the road-side facade, glass-blocks are fixed on a large window of each floor, making the whole facade into a continuous massive wall. The brilliant violet-colored entrance door under a stainless-steel canopy expresses the identity of a ‘thinking reed’ in the monotonous world.