The owner of this house is a popular teacher of a famous tutoring school and he makes wooden furnitures as a hobby. His wife is a piano teacher and has hobbies of floral arrangement, making ceramic potteries, and table decoration. Actually, her manner of tea serving at our visit for meeting was wonderful, and interior arrangement of the rooms were so nice too.
For their part, more commodious house than previous one had been imperative and thus was required in the plan, as they were going to live together with wife's mother and two dogs. Inevitably, accessibility was considered to be one of the primary attributes of it as well as its comfortable design. Since they spent long time at home, a comfortable house with simple design was required, which would not hinder their lifestyle behavior but assist and enrich it. Of course, the wife can continue her piano school at the house. For my part, the sight of two dogs lying in the garden, sometimes moving to seek for warmer spot, has come to be a pleasure.
This house, having south-facing living room with eaves, is warm in winter and cool in summer, and its stone tile floor with floor heating system increases amenity. The two dogs can be moving around in the whole house including its courtyard.
We gathered tips and wisdoms deemed suggestive for thinking about elderly welfare institutions through experiences of planning, constructing, and managing of Tatsumi Hospital Elderly Care Institution over for years. Now, we can tell about what procedures are required, who can be the business owner, and miscellaneous affairs of revenue and expenditure. Further more, we have considered what should we aim at in the principle of this kind of institution, some noticing points about managing the institution, and nursing insurance system.
We are still actively committed to managing the institution even after completing it, participating to the management from software perspective —proposing the plans of recreation activity, for example— via holding meetings once a week about daily life in the institution and problems on managing it. And now we've got the confidence that we have grasped the heart of comfortable life for elderly people at welfare institutions, which is resulting from experiences of proposing a plan for the institution and conducting scrutinies after it was completed.
This is a proposal for the competition looking for plans to exploit a vacant lot which previously was container yard.
For constructing a city, I think, to imagine within the confine of current common sense would be a poor way. Taking a glance at history, we can find out that so many cities — London, Paris, New York, Osaka, and other than these — had experienced unconventional big project which is beyond the common sense of those days. The image of today's city has been formed by those projects.
This house was planned for post-retirement husband and wife whose children became independent. With this house, they will be able to live positive golden years, enjoying simple life style, in keeping with their image of the ideal life style.
This house was designed in conscious of Japanese old good wooden house which is harmonious with nature around the house by its modest design. I sought to make a simple and comfortable house with calm designed living/dining room and easy to use kitchen.