Double Helix House二重螺旋の家


A House that Stretches on Forever “Double Helix House” is a small house which is located in Yanaka, Tokyo. There are many old wooden houses and historical temples which were left unscathed by war. This creates an attractive atmosphere among alleys and small galleries. We proposed that this house should be built in this kind of atmosphere, with attractive buildings all around. The lot in Yanaka, Tokyo, was unusual in that it was connected to two narrow alleys. Surrounded by houses, the site seemed to have two mutually contradicting qualities: that of a private, secret garden, and that of a section of a street that extended on indefinitely. Inspired by the site, we got an idea of a composition of the house. There are 2 simple elements, a white core and an alley-like corridor winding up around it. In the white core, there are spaces for a dining room, a kitchen, bedrooms, a living room and a bathroom. In the corridor, we made spaces for the family, a small library, and a study with desks and chairs. On the roof of the corridor is a terrace and two helixes from the inside and outside are intertwining.