Ryue Nishizawa, Moriyama House and his design approach


Hi folks,


I'm interested in Ryue Nishizawa's simple approach in tying scattered volumes with courtyards or gardens that seemingly does not exist, yet allows to strongly bond the different spaces together so strongly by breaking the boundary of living spaces.

He seems to adopt this approach in his earlier days when designing the Kanazawa 21st Century Museum. The Towada Art Center also feels similar in terms of planning.


This real life walk through of the building is pretty interesting:
Moriyama House by Ryue Nishizawa 森山邸 西沢立衛

Anyone out there who has visited his other projects would like to shine some light is welcome. And readings to his design approach is also welcomed.



Moriyama House by Ryue Nishizawa 森山邸 西沢立衛

Apr 14, 14 3:03 am

check out the book Tokyo Metabolism by Ryue Nishizawa

Apr 15, 14 2:27 am

Hmmm, I think the design is interesting, but it would take someone very special to live there.  It is so open to the street it doesn't feel very private.  Also - there aren't many views of the interiors to get a sense of how it might really feel to live in.

Apr 15, 14 10:30 am

From various images of the interiors, the location and dimension of each opening is not randomly designed, so as to set different levels of privacy for different programs.

Yes this type of dwelling is not perfectly good for everyone, but so as the totally fenced off dwelling type which are closed off from the streets, take the Row House by Tadao Ando for example. Some might find those claustrophobic.

It is interesting to see the harmony of living literally more connected with the neighborhood. In these residential neighborhood, neighbors used to know each other well. Openness in the courtyards to the streets and into the heart of the plot may welcome back the sense of community.

And thanks accesskb for the suggestion, will definitely check the book out.

Apr 17, 14 1:41 am

 yes! i would live in that house any day ^^  minimal yet modern and beautiful light filled rooms ^^

Apr 17, 14 2:29 am

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