‘Phase Dance’ architectural structure wrapped in the natural world • Hotel Designs

Phase Dance’s sloping location in Shizuoka posed a series of challenges – including the question of how the building should be positioned on the site so that its architectural qualities could be admired while remaining sensitive to the surrounding typography. To avoid a foundation that is too wide and too deep, one-third of the building’s floor area was designed cantilevered, reducing the contact area with the ground. The basic structure from the basement to the ceiling of the second floor is made of reinforced concrete covered with wood.

Additionally, architects from Takeshi Hirobe Architects noticed an orange peel stewartia during their site visit. Calculations taking into account regulations on building spacing and other restrictions indicated that the tree was in the center of the area in which construction was possible. They decided to leave the tree intact and design the structure of the building around it – as a tribute to the importance of nature, which – whether they liked it or not – instantly created a new layer of the story of overall design.

Although the studio understood the tree as the focal point, they were careful to avoid a symmetrical design with uniform angles in order to create unique and generously sized pieces. With this in mind, the architects sought to give each room a cozy and playful air.

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Large windows that follow the uneven contours of the walls offer sweeping views of the green landscape and bring natural light inside.

The upper floor serves as a library and reading corner. It has the same floor plan as the lower floor and includes a triangular roof. Although the roof is subdivided into several sections, it gives the impression of a single piece covering the building.

During the ongoing decision-making process, Takeshi Hirobe Architects likened their reactions to the various phases and aspects of the project to a dance – and christened the project “Phase Dance”, inspired by the dynamics of the guitarist’s song of the same name. Pat Metheny.

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Main image credit: Phase Dance/Koichi Torimura

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