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architecture : strategy and design

house of multiple dimensions, shinkenshiku, jp


programme house of multiple dimensions site non specific surface 250 m2 budget not evaluated year 2004 phase competition design client ja japan architect, shinkenshiku competition team cabBAM




moving furniture, rotating like a giant mobile, clocked acording to the seasonal and daily cycles, creating a five dimensional house where we move through moving space.

to answer to the competition brief for the house of multiple dimensions we have sought to conceive an architectural space that surpasses the traditional three dimensions of space. to begin with, we consider buildings to be three-dimensional, but architecture to be four-dimensional. the forth dimension is imperative if we want to talk about architecture. the experience of spatial planning aesthetics requires movement through the designed composition, introducing the forth dimension: time. the sequential experience of adjacent spaces will deliver an interesting spatial narrative. siza’s boa nova tea house is one of the best examples of ‘narrative space’, introducing the elements of the site and the house one by one in a cinematic manner. if a narrative includes four dimensions, a suggestion of what the fifth dimension could offer would be ‘moving in narrative space’. the house of multiple dimensions will be proposed as ‘the house of multiple narratives’. the flexibility of the spatial composition, by means of a recombination of a number of spatial organisations, will induce multiple spatial sequences, and introduce the possibility of multiple narratives. the title ‘sumac’ of the project refers to an artwork mobile by alexander calder – the modernist master of dynamic composition.

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