Kitasuma Design Competition
I participated of 37º Kitasuma Design Competition in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
The theme was “walls” and the relationships this element have between exterior and interior. Kitasuma it’s a literal translation that means “living in the north”. This competition is annual, and young architects and students participate all over the state of Hokkaido.
A concept was used that demonstrated the situation where the resident could be both outside and inside the house, or who did not know the difference between internal and external.
The place chosen for the project is Kamui Misaki, which is right on the eastern edge of Hokkaido, as it would give a sense of “freedom” to a dwelling where the walls, or the absence of them, could show the connection between the spaces.
Work was ranked in the top 20 in 2012. This is the explanatory text of the project:
In an unfinished space you can put new elements inside of it, producing every time a new space. A place like this can accept any element, in other words, have the strength of versatility.
This versatility is in the integration between the act of living, life, land and the human being. To symbolize this versatility, I think that the transparency should be predominant. This transparency is the link between spaces.
Nature never stop, it is always changing. For this reason, the house also should follow it, as a space that´s never completely finished. And to show a space like this I started with a spiral. A spiral can be a continuous and endless form, but to make a house it’s necessary a definite space.
The wall is the essence of division, privacy and separation. But why the wall must separate spaces? It can’t join them? Life doesn’t exist without a wall. Nevertheless, a wall must be rigid? Can it be malleable? It needs to exist at all?
After having a space, it’s necessary design the axis that defines the internal division of the project. But not always is necessary to have a physical blocking to define a space. A visual axis, like an opening and it use, height or color can set a different place.
The transparency leads to new relations at all times, different uses and experiences. This can bring the outside view into the house, both visually and physically, to create a space where there is no distinction between inside and outside.
The surroundings should function as the external walls of the house. Those walls could be what we want. An ideal to bring your home to where you want, and choose the walls as you wish.
For this reason this house would be translucent, even with no material, “open” to the “walls” that the owners choose. So the space would be always unfinished, changing as the environment change, without knowing if you are inside or outside.