Nest by UID Architects

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Nest by UID Architects

Japanese studio UID Architects have completed this timber house at the foot of a mountain in Japan that has wide openings in the walls and roof, as well as between the ground and first floors.

Nest by UID Architects

The entrance to Nest is located on the ground floor and visitors pass through a planted garden that can grow up through the full height of the house.

Nest by UID Architects

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Nest by UID Architects

Photographs by H. Ueda.

Nest by UID Architects

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Nest by UID Architects
Onomichi-city, Hiroshima, Japan

This is a small house planned in a forest surrounded by rich nature. The site is located in the foot of a mountain with scarce neighbouring houses in Onomichi City. The family is consisted of two daughters, their mother and their loving cat.

Nest by UID Architects

Since there are only three women, we thought it would be appropriate to gently connect a boundary of the place’s environment and architecture, allowing close distance between the family members. It is to seize the environment as non-dividable, similar to creatures that generate their nest under elements that cover forest’s ground. It is like a principle that expands from a nest in a forest, to a forest , then to the earth, and ultimately to the universe.

Nest by UID Architects

This time we sought a single space that comprehends the surroundings and the house by rethinking elements such as floors and walls that make up architecture. Specifically, in the ground layer some spaces are connected to each other by a tunnel that becomes a concrete anthill nest attached with a small entrance on the ground.

Nest by UID Architects

Above the ground a floating wooden nest box composed of things like branches and fallen leaves cover the nest on the ground’s surface. Although non-sequence composition of the floors and the walls make the architectural elements look separated, they will become essentials that link architecture and the surrounding in succession, when viewing the environment on the whole.

Nest by UID Architects

The house will offer spaces that is similar to the forest’s comfortable sunshine and shade, which reside with natural climate. The house will be a nest in a forest that its territory will not be regulated.

Nest by UID Architects

Project description
Name project: Nest
Architects: UID architects – Keisuke Maeda and Toru Shigehiro
Consultants: Konishi
Structural Engineers: Yasutaka Konishi, Takeshi Kaneko
Structural: K-style – Kouso Katayama
Mechanical: Toshiya Ogino
Environment Design Office: Toshiya Ogino
Masaru Kitamura, landscape
General contractor: Home Co., Ltd.-Masafumi Ichikawa and Akihiro Hosoya

Nest by UID Architects

Structural system: reinforced concrete, timber
Used materials: cedar, exterior; concrete, structural plywood, interior
Site area: 362.00㎡
Built area:81.22㎡
Total floor area : 121.45㎡
Date of completion: November, 2010

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  • http://www.builtfabricblog.blogspot.com Rube

    I find the metaphor with the semi-enclosire offered by a forrest really strong. This is a really exciting project. The indoor/outdoor boandaries are blurred along all axis very well. Nice!

  • Marco

    Looks very Sou Fujimoto in concept. But works very well. Great work!

  • colin

    love the way this interacts with it’s environment. amazing..

  • teefs

    Gesturally this is gorgeous with the enclosed garden and floor/bench integration, but what happens in winter or when it rains? By “its territory will not be regulated” do they mean that the wide openings in the roof and walls do not actually close? If so this place would be unliveable (or unnecessarily spartan) and on a cold wet winter’s night. If you had the flu it would be pretty awful . . . . kind of lacks that basic shelter aspect of housing!

    • Hercule Poirot

      Look at the floor : there are 2×3 parallel grooves in it so I guess there is a possibility to close the in-home garden, no ?

      • teefs

        Yeah you're right, there must be sliding partitions which are folded into the walls or something. It just wouldn't make sense for there not to be.

        • Robin

          I was thinking the same. Looking at the first floor plan I realised that there are large glazed sliding panels located on the north-east elevation (there is a person illustrated pulling/pushing one of the panels). The glazed panels are visible through the first floor windows to the left of the second photo. I would imagine access between the first floor rooms would be facilitated by going down to the basement level and back up again on the other side. The basement level would probably also have a partition to close off the courtyard path as it meets the basement level corridor. I do like this house, the intentions are good.

  • Nicky

    I really like this house and am amazed at the links between nature / family / inside / outside etc. How on earth would this get past Building Regs in the UK. I know that this is a very boring / mundane thing to mention, but you can't help feel creative vision is often compromised by statutory codes and practice. Maybe this does not meet regs in Japan either and the client is understanding of this. Aside from all that – it does look like a really lovely space.

  • http://www.thedisgruntledarchitect.wordpress.com thedisgruntledarchitect

    I also love the connection between indoor and outdoor, its is very strong and incredibly well executed. I also appreciate their use of materiality; the "unfinished" look of the wood and the lack of high polish on the concrete adds to the integration with the natural surroundings and makes an interior environment that does not detract from the beauty of the integration. Well done!

  • http://www.dailygrail.com Red Pill Junkie

    It's as if Mies Van der Rohe was commissioned to build a house in Rivendell! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/gunnara Gunnar Ágústsson

    So am I inside or outside the house? I'm really not clear on that.
    It's just so open!
    And privacy? These japanese are really into each other.
    Still I think it's really enteresting and a beautiful house!

  • jeremy

    refer section… what happens in space #2?

  • http://twitter.com/m4strkr4ft @m4strkr4ft

    it's really intressting how the Nature can be in but out!

  • Carlos

    Amazing. And the name, is really fun!

  • taofeekat

    i also would like to know what happens in space 2 and how do the owners move from the dinning and living space above space 2 to the floor at the higher level?. how high is that last floor from the living area. according to the pictures, i think another set of stairs might be needed. other then that, i think the spaces are impressive and the floor level play is quite interesting.

  • http://www.dotgolf.it dotgolf

    a Garden at Home! I would like to have in my home!