Twin Megaphones

by Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori
Twin Megaphones Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori

In Japanese, the word shitsurae means “installation” or “arrangement.” To simplify a bit, it means to arrange a given object or situation in a way that suits its nature and creates beauty. For example, it is difficult to manufacture the tea bowls used in the Japanese tea ceremony by means of an industrial process. Artists who work in clay produce these bowls by means of a process of trial and error so that they fit comfortably and naturally into human hands. This process is an example of what is meant by shitsurae. Things are edited and revised in Japan many times over; there are countless ways to achieve comfort, and the process takes no small amount of time.
The design of this project took two and a half years. Normally, it takes from eight months to a year to design a residence of this size, but we spent from two to three times that long. The longer design period reflects the fact that we took plenty of time to examine the needs and requests of the family that was to live in the house while thinking about functionality in the context of architecture. I wanted the structure to exert a better influence on this family both currently and in the future because the clients, a couple in their forties who were extremely interested in my homes and their five- and eight-year-old daughters, had told me that they wished to enjoy the creative process together. We had countless conversations about what the family truly wanted and what kind of lifestyle they wished to enjoy. We drew diagrams and explored a variety of features in depth, and the answers we discovered can be found in this plan and cross-section.

Photos by: Toshihiro Sobajima

  • Twin Megaphones Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori
  • Twin Megaphones Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori
  • Twin Megaphones Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori
  • Twin Megaphones Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori
  • Twin Megaphones Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori
  • Twin Megaphones Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori
  • Twin Megaphones Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori
  • Twin Megaphones Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori
  • Twin Megaphones Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori
  • Twin Megaphones Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori
  • Twin Megaphones Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori
  • Twin Megaphones Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori
  • Twin Megaphones Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori
  • Twin Megaphones Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori
  • Twin Megaphones Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori
  • Twin Megaphones Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori
  • Twin Megaphones Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori
  • Twin Megaphones Atelier Tekuto + Yasuhiro Yamashita + Toshiyuki Fujimori

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