dancing living house

'dancing living house' by a.l.x. in yokohama, japan

(left) drive way, (right) street view

At the first glance of this Dancing Living House designed by A.L.X. Junichi Sampei in Yokohama, Japan. The pure white caught my eyes. The modern style displayed by the house reminds me Villa Savoye designed by Le Corbusier, a French architect, who was renowned with his idea of a house is a machine to live in.

The minimal design streamlined the shape of this dancing living house. It looks like a cube with a corner being cut out. There are no long strip of ribbon windows in this house, as those appear at Villa Savoye. However, the cropped corner and the glass floor create a good source of sun light from outside to the interior. Besides, the pure white color throughout the house plays an essential role in reflecting the light.

Take a look of Villa Savoye, one of the famous design from Le Corbusier. Then, you’ll see the similarities and the beauty of simplicity from both buildings. I’ve cited the key ideas from Boston College here.

LeCorbusier — Villa Savoye

exterior of Villa Savoye

  • modulor design — the result of Corbu’s researches into mathematics, architecture (the golden section), and human proportion
  • “pilotis” — the house is raised on stilts to separate it from the earth, and to use the land efficiently. These also suggest a modernized classicism.
  • no historical ornament
  • abstract sculptural design
  • pure color — white on the outside, a color with associations of newness, purity, simplicity, and health (LeCorbusier earlier wrote a book entitled, When the Cathedrals were White), and planes of subtle color in the interior living areas
  • a very open interior plan
  • dynamic , non-traditional transitions between floors — spiral staircases and ramps
  • built-in furniture
  • ribbon windows (echoing industrial architecture, but also providing openness and light)
  • roof garden, with both plantings and architectural (sculptural) shapes
  • integral garage (the curve of the ground floor of the house is based on the turning radius of the 1927 Citroen)
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