Cover image of House of 33 Years

Data

Location
Nara, Japan
Team
Megumi Matsubara, Hiroi Ariyama
Completion year
2013
Client
Private
Purpose
Private residence
Site area
189 sqm
Floor area
104 sqm
Structure
Steel frame, Wooden
Number of storeys
2
Project period
2008 - 2013
Collaborators
Structural engineer: Mitsuda Structural Consultants
Construction company: Hojo Kohmuten
Photographers
Shinkenchiku-sha, Tadasu Yamamoto, Kenshu Shintsubo, Megumi Matsubara
Urls
archdaily
domus
dezeen
designboom

The House of 33 Years is a residence located next to the world heritage Todaiji Temple in Nara, Japan. The house was designed for an elderly couple who decided to move to a new house thirty three years after living in their first house. The House of 33 Years is a house for a collector who collects memories, whose memory and future exist simultaneously in the same space. By framing views across different areas, images are continuously produced by the inhabitants’ movement. Every image is given its own space of possibility, then overlaps as multiple additions to the home to update the family’s memories.

After five years since the project’s inception, in 2012 during the construction process, the fabrication of the house was partly supported by Aomori Contemporary Art Centre [LINK> http://www.acac-aomori.jp] and Sendai School of Design . Its design/fabrication process has been an academic research subject of Adaptable Futures, Loughborough University, UK. The house has been selected for SD Review in 2010.

The house consists of multiple pavilions and rooms in wood structure that stand under the big steel-frame house. The relationship between the individual elements defines the character of the house as a whole. [shown in the axonometric drawing provided]

Its construction process has been pursued in three separate locations simultaneously; Nara, Sendai, and Aomori.
In Nara, the exterior steel roof to cover the whole residence has been constructed on-site.
Then, having accepted offers by two public institutions, Sendai School of Design and Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, to participate in their artist-in-residence programs, the duo decided to build an unknown experience by linking the two institutions through a single residential housing project, to eventually constitute the house in Nara.
They broke House of 33 Years, which had been designed as a single house, into parts suitable for making in the two programs, so that the architecture would “move,” so to speak. Each work was also realized as an individual installation piece on which additional features were elaborated, responding to demands from the institution, characteristics of the space, and the chosen method of exhibiting.

In Sendai, Ghost House, a pavilion to sit on the roof, was built with the students of Sendai School of Design. The pavilion is an homage to Ghost House, one of the pavilions scattered on the large premises of the famous house of Philip Johnson and was given the same name. Over the summer it was sitting in the courtyard of a university campus and the students had grown a farm inside.

In Aomori, the main rooms in wood-structure was built and developed together with local carpenters, using materials available in Aomori, as an installation piece Obscure Architecture (House of 33 Years, Study), then to become a part of ‘Kime to Kehai’ exhibition at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre. This work always had a fresh look depending on the movement of the sunlight. Physically, this architectural work remained present in the same position, whereas the natural phenomena created by it kept flowing without stopping.

After the exhibition period in each city, those elements were disassembled and loaded on a 4-ton truck, and carried to the destination, Nara, where they were recomposed to form the House of 33 Years.

Images

  • HO33Y02©Shinkenchiku-sha

    Photo © Shinkentikusya

  • HO33Y11©Shinkenchiku-sha

    Photo © Shinkentikusya

  • HO33Y13©Shinkenchiku-sha

    Photo © Shinkentikusya

  • HO33Y04©Shinkenchiku-sha

    Photo © Shinkentikusya

  • HO33Y12©Shinkenchiku-sha

    Photo © Shinkentikusya

  • HO33Y08©Shinkenchiku-sha

    Photo © Shinkentikusya

    Ghost House is Installed in "House of 33 Years".

  • HO33Y05©Shinkenchiku-sha

    Photo © Shinkentikusya

  • HO33Y09©Shinkenchiku-sha

    Photo © Shinkentikusya

  • Axonometric©Assistant

    Photo © ASSISTANT

    Architecture drawing, axonometric drawing

  • HOUSEof33YEARS_PLANv2014

    Photo © ASSISTANT

    Architecture drawing, cross section/perspective view

  • HOUSEof33YEARS_PLANv2014

    Photo © ASSISTANT

    Architecture drawing, floor plan

  • HOUSEof33YEARS_PLANv2014

    Photo © ASSISTANT

    Architecture drawing, elevation

  • 1stModel_MG_2314_enlarged©MegumiMatsubara

    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

    Sketch model image

  • 1stModel03©KenshuShintsubo

    Photo © Kenshu Shintsubo

    Sketch model image

  • Model04©Assistant

    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

    Model image

  • Model03©Assistant

    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

    Model image

  • DSC_3688

    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

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    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

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    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

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    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

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    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

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    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

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    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

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    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

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    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

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    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

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    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

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    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

  • DSC_3349

    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

  • DSC_3347

    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

  • HO33Y01©Shinkenchiku-sha

    Photo © Shinkentikusya

  • HO33Y10©Shinkenchiku-sha

    Photo © Shinkentikusya

  • HO33Y07©Shinkenchiku-sha

    Photo © Shinkentikusya

  • HO33Y06©Shinkenchiku-sha

    Photo © Shinkentikusya

  • HO33Y03©Shinkenchiku-sha

    Photo © Shinkentikusya

  • HO33Y14©TadasuYamamoto

    photo © Tadasu Yamamoto

  • Model01©Assistant

    Photo © ASSISTANT

    Model image

  • Model02©Assistant

    Photo © ASSISTANT

    Model image

  • Section_12B©Assistant

    Photo © ASSISTANT

    3D drawing, cross section

  • Section_10B©Assistant

    Photo © ASSISTANT

    3D drawing, cross section

  • Section_4B©Assistant

    Photo © ASSISTANT

    3D drawing, cross section

  • Section_11B©Assistant

    Photo © ASSISTANT

    3D drawing, cross section

  • Section_8B©Assistant

    Photo © ASSISTANT

    3D drawing, cross section

  • Section_7B©Assistant

    Photo © ASSISTANT

    3D drawing, cross section

  • 1stModel_MG_2317_enlarged@MegumiMatsubara

    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

    Sketch model image

  • 1stModel04©KenshuShintsubo

    Photo © Kenshu Shintsubo

    Sketch model image

  • Model12©KenshuShintsubo

    Photo © Kenshu Shintsubo

    Model image

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    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

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    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

  • Model08©KenshuShintsubo

    Photo © Kenshu Shintsubo

    Model image

  • Model05©Assistant

    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

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  • Model06©Assistant

    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

    Model image

  • Model07©Assistant

    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

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    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

  • Model09©KenshuShintsubo

    Photo © Kenshu Shintsubo

    Model image

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    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

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    Photo © Megumi Matsubara

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    Photo © Megumi Matsubara