three ball cascade architects: mineral gallery
dec 02, 2012
three ball cascade architects: mineral gallery


 

‘mineral gallery’ by three ball cascade architects, yokohama, japan
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situated within a suburban neighborhood in yokohama in a restored house that has been on sale for 35 years, japanese firm three ball cascade
architects have designed a second home for a rockhound who needed a gallery and studio space, as well as a location for friends and family to
gather. the timber frame house sits on a concrete foundation off the ground of a corner site. the geometric mass is carved at certain angles to
allow light into the interior through the several unaligned windows of different sizes. being flanked by two busy streets, the structure is mostly
solid facing the roads to block the noise pollution of passing cars, and opens with large sliding glass panels to a central protected courtyard paved
small square sod sections. the interior program is organized around this moment of exterior repose. a combination of oak and exposed polished
concrete flooring provide a variety of surfaces for different functions, with wood being used in a studio area that is also used for larger groups.
a long hallway contains two timber-framed glass display cases attached to the walls running the entire length with several shelves to display the
owner’s precious geological treasures in a comfortable retreat from the neighboring world.

 

 


driveway and entrance in a recessed section
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street-side elevation
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living space
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slender metal staircase
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elevated gathering space
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hallway with mineral display cases
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interior organized around the central courtyard
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separating door between living space and workshop
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central courtyard
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workspace
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interior view from courtyard
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kitchen
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floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


elevation

 

 


elevation

 

 

project info:

 

 

location: yokohama
site area: 201.28 sqm
total area: 109.52 sqm
constructor: kato chu komuten(yoshiaki kato)
structure: timber
structure engineer: kozo oshima
max. height: 6.597m
stories: 2

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