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a+u Architecture and Urbanism is a monthly architectural magazine established in 1971 that highlights the work and activities of top contemporary architects from around the world. a+u features architecture and a broad range of other new design sources in a well-presented format. Text is in English and Japanese bilingual. 1971年1月創刊。創刊以来、海外の建築情報を伝える日本唯一の月刊誌として、広く建築界に親しまれています。a+uの取材ネットワークは全世界に及び、100余カ国を網羅しています。これら各国の建築家を直接取材し、毎号独自の視点で編集することにより、生の動向をいち早く読者の皆様にお届けしています。また、建築家・評論家・歴史家による書き下ろし論文を掲載し、明日の建築のあり方を考える指針として国内外の建築界に多大な影響を与えています。

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feature: go hasegawa 特集: 長谷川豪

This edition of a+u is dedicated to the works by Japan-based architect Go Hasegawa. The issue introduces 19 works from his very first project House in a Forest, completed in 2006, to the latest completed works Yoshino Cedar House and Chapel in Guastalla – with newly taken photographs – and the projects in progress both in Japan and abroad. Throughout his career, Hasegawa has focused on the spatial dimensions, gravity, and time perceived by a person. With his works of varying sizes and uses – be it a small hut in a forest, a house in a dense urban neighborhood in Japan, or a plaza in a metropolis – he challenges the preexisting ideas on largeness/smallness, heaviness/lightness, and newness/oldness and seeks in them values that had not been recognized previously. The essence…

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essay: amplitude in the experience of space – spatial dimensions, gravity, time / エッセイ: 空間の経験とその振幅 -- 空間の大きさ、重力、時間 --

Go Hasegawa 長谷川豪 Ducks and Huts When the wild ducks or the wild geese migrate in their season, a strange tide arises in the territories over which they sweep. As if magnetized by the great triangular flight, the barnyard fowl leap a foot or two into the air and try to fly. The call of the wild strikes them with the force of a harpoon and a vestige of savagery quickens their blood. All the ducks on the farm are transformed for an instant into migrant birds, and into these hard little heads, till now filled with humble images of pools and worms and barnyards, there swims a sense of continental expanse, of the breath of seas and the salt taste of the ocean wind.... The barnyard duck had no notion that his…

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yoshino cedar house 吉野杉の家

Nara, Japan 2016 日本、奈良 2016 1: deck 2: community living 3: pantry 4: machine space 5: storage 6: restroom 7: shower room 8: nursing room 9: entrance 10: sunset room 11: hall 12: sunrise room Looking back at the history of Japanese dwellings from the viewpoint of the relation between host and guest, the semiburied pit dwellings of prehistoric Japan had an open space at the center where guests were greeted with religious rituals. The shindenzukuri mansions of Heian-period aristocrats had a guest house where host and guest would view the garden and exchange poems. The shoinzukuri residences of the warrior class had floors with single step’s difference in height to indicate the status of host (shogun) and guest (retainers). By way of contrast, the low and narrow entrance of the teahouse was intended to reset the social status of tea master and guests.…

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house in a forest 森のなかの住宅

Nagano, Japan 2006 日本、長野 2006 1: entrance 2: storage 3: guest room 4: kitchen 5: living room 6: deck 7: bedroom 8: bathroom 9: staircase 10: roof deck A single-story wooden weekend residence located in the midst of a rich forest. The site is bordered on the north and south by a stream and a nature trail. Unlike a plan for a house in a residential development, closed to the street side and open only toward the south, here the goal was a space that allows the forest environment to be felt in all directions. The volume beneath the 45° gable roof encloses the living room, kitchen, and other variously sized rooms, seven in all, beneath gabled ceilings. There is a gap between the gabled roof and the gabled ceilings – a small loft space. Thanks to the skylights at the peak…

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house in yokohama 横浜の住宅

Kanagawa, Japan 2015 日本、神奈川 2015 1: living room 2: bathroom 3: study room 4: closet 5: children’s room 6: bedroom 7: light void This project was for a two-storey wooden house located in a residential area of Yokohama. Although the surrounding properties were all built with a large retaining wall, the site for this house was the only one built without such a wall, the ground remaining almost untouched. Our approach involved making strategic use of the richly verdant environment and creating a living space that would be as simple as possible. The staircase leading to the entrance, the deck that was made by converting the foundations of the old house that used to stand here, as well as the living room and bathroom, were all built using concrete stepping stones laid out according to the terrain in the…

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row house in ageo 上尾の長屋

Saitama, Japan 2014 日本、埼玉 2014 A two-storey, wooden duplex for two families, located in a residential suburb of Tokyo. Looking at the houses in the surrounding area, the curtains were drawn shut in all of the windows and the yards seemed cramped, despite the relatively generous dimensions of the sites. The approach for this house was to place the house in the middle of the site with a yard of the same dimensions, and to cover it with deep eaves. Door and window openings can be opened on both sides. Twelve large, 2×2 m wooden sashes are arranged symmetrically on each elevation, and the windows, which open both left and right, span different rooms, such as the bedrooms and bathrooms of the mother’s and the son’s households. A staircase with a gentle…