The living space project which is called SHIP is completed designed by the Katsuhiro Miyamoto & Associates based in Nishinomiya, Hyogo, Japan. With an each level is difference of 3 meters, this residence is built on a two-tiered site. The foundation of this house is laid on the natural ground which is beneath the lower tier which is more reliable as the supporting stratum, it is because of the concern is remained about the credibility of the embankment and retaining wall which is built along the housing development. Over the retaining wall and above the upper tier for better view is floating the steel-made volume for the public rooms. Along the lower tier where the atmosphere is calm, the private room is arranged, at a distance from the front road, within a reinforced concrete structure which has the functions as a counterbalance to the overhanging volume.
In order to effectively support the large cantilevered volume, an optimal use of the curved surfaces is designed in response to the site’s L-shaped plan is adopted. A series of the seamless structures of in-plane stress resistance system which is using the steel sheet for about 12 millimeters thick made into the panels with the reinforcing ribs is set up to constitute a vessel-like steel shell structure, instead of choosing a hierarchic structure of the framework resistance system. The first floor on the upper tier is accommodates the entrance hall and one spare room, but it is mainly consist of voids, a sequence of the external spaces which continue from the pilots through the porch to the roof deck. The result is in fact is much reminiscent of a ferryboat, in terms of both the structure and the layout, in which the passenger decks and the floating section are separated up and down with the vehicle decks in between.
For the structure of the house’s first floor, the Cor-ten is used, while up of this is entirely untreated on the surface and bare, it is expected to be covered with the stable rust in the future.
Contrastingly, the interior surfaces –floor, wall, ceiling- are finished uniformly white with elaborate thermal insulation. Combined with their curved forms, it is intended that a neutral space with a feeling of loss of depth is created.
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