roof cut out reveals secluded terrace in this mixed-use building in japan

roof cut out reveals secluded terrace in this mixed-use building in japan

soeda and associates architects has sliced the roof of ‘ciel’, a mixed-use building in tochigi, japan, to create a secluded communal terrace. the wooden building comprises four tenant spaces of around 50 sqm, planned for restaurants and offices, along with eight parking spaces. surrounded mostly by residential properties, the building reduces its impact on its neighbors by taking the shape a gable roof house on all four elevations.roof cut out reveals secluded terrace in soeda and associates architects' mixed-use building in japanall images by takumi ota

 

 

soeda and associates architects developed ‘ciel’ in an area where houses and low-rise stores coexist, and on a site surrounded by houses on three sides except for the front road. the wooden building encloses four tenant spaces that are planned for restaurants and offices, and eight parking spaces. the overall form of the building was determined by adding a common terrace that also serves as a roof over two of the parking spaces.roof cut out reveals secluded terrace in soeda and associates architects' mixed-use building in japan

 

 

‘in planning a building to be used by many people on a site surrounded by houses, our first priority was to consider possible impacts on the neighboring houses,’ notes soeda and associates architects. in order to be exempted from the local sun shadow regulation, the building height was kept below 10 meters, while its form is developed to blend with the residential surroundings. ‘as a result, we came up with elevations in the shape of a gable roof house on all four sides by lowering the four vertexes of the upper part of the cuboid,’ adds the japanese architecture studio. the height of the eaves is aligned with the neighboring houses to reduce impacts on the neighbors.’

roof cut out reveals secluded terrace in this mixed-use building in japan

 

 

by making the four sides into the shape of a gable roof house, the roof takes on the shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid (HP) shell. the curved surface of the HP shell was assembled by installing 20mm-thick wood members on 60mm-thick rafters in a twisted manner and fastening curved plywood with nails. the entire roof is finished with gradually curving standing seam roofing. a large opening on the roof above the terrace brings in natural light and air, forming a shared outdoor free space for a variety of uses that remains walled off from the surrounding environment.roof cut out reveals secluded terrace in soeda and associates architects' mixed-use building in japanroof cut out reveals secluded terrace in this mixed-use building in japanroof cut out reveals secluded terrace in this mixed-use building in japanroof cut out reveals secluded terrace in soeda and associates architects' mixed-use building in japan

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roof cut out reveals secluded terrace in this mixed-use building in japan

roof cut out reveals secluded terrace in this mixed-use building in japan

roof cut out reveals secluded terrace in this mixed-use building in japan

roof cut out reveals secluded terrace in this mixed-use building in japan

roof cut out reveals secluded terrace in this mixed-use building in japan

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project info:

 

name: ciel

architect: soeda and associates architects

lead architect: takayuki soeda

structure engineer: ryotaro sakata /ryotaro sakata structural engineers

gross built area: 271.94 sqm

location: tochigi, japan

program: restaurant, office

year: 2021

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