Variety in boundaries

How we define boundary clearly?  The conclusion that we all agree is “boundary is frequently blurred”. There isn’t a strict definition to it. It is about the limit and the threshold of space, we also have to consider about many factors: The difference between external and internal, the imaginary & real place, Intimate or primal, private or public and Audience’s Anxiety etc…

It is very interesting of debating whether a home is public or private space. People would say of course it’s a private space from their impression straight away. The privacy that you can have like being naked or use the space without restriction seems like a more private space. However, when you arrange celebrities, it is a public scrutiny. Eg. In 19th century, Artists used to show their home once a month. Leighton Home is part of his studio, work and entertain. It was communicating and creating public sources.

CURTAIN WALL HOUSE – Tokyo, Japan, 1995

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〈The house is intended to be a reflection of the owner’s lifestyle. It is open to the outdoors and utilizes contemporary materials in new interpretations of traditional Japanese styles. Wide deck spaces are attached to the east and south sides of the second-floor living room and tent-like curtains are hung on the outer facade between the second and third floors. Interior conditons are controlled by opening and closing this Japanese-style “curtain wall”. In winter, a set of glazed doors (in combination with the curtain) can completely enclose the house for insulation and privacy. This thin membrane takes the place of shoji andsudare screens, and fusuma doors that appear in the traditional Japanese house.〉

Despite is a private house,we can say this is a public place as the design is so eye-catching and attractive. This evoke people’s curiosity of the building, they will start to observe and find more about it. Eventually exposed in public by internet for example.

↓When I doing the research, I discover another housing

work from this architect which is also very inspirational↓

GLASS SHUTTER HOUSE – Tokyo, Japan, 2003

This is quite a relevant example with the previous work. But this time, he used the real curtain as the building material. By this, you can compare the different contrast atmosphere.

WALL-LESS HOUSE – Nagano, Japan, 1997 


〈The roof is flat and is fixed rigidly to the upturned slab freeing the 3 columns at the front from any horizontal loads. As a result of bearing only vertical loads these columns could be reduced to a minimum 55 mm in diameter. In order to express the structural concept as purely as possible all the walls and mullions have been purged leaving only sliding panels. Spatially, the house consists of a ‘universal floor’ on which the kitchen, bathroom and toilet are all placed without enclosure, but which can be flexibly partitioned by the sliding doors.〉





♠ More about the designer

Shigeru Ban 坂 茂 is one of japan’s most well-known architect. he is always pushing the boundaries for new methods and new ways to live. People known for his innovative work with paper, particularly recycled cardboard tubes used to quickly and efficiently house disaster victims. He was profiled by Time magazine in their projection of 21st century innovators in the field of architecture and design.



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