Nowhere but Sajima, Yokosuka, Japan

El edificio, un bloque triangular compuesto por volúmenes en forma de tubos en dirección al mar, se encuentra en un terreno ganado al mar de un pequeño pueblo de pescadores. Para proporcionar una adecuada privacidad sin utilizar cortinas, los estrechos espacios se juntan en ángulo y se abren al mar. Esta orientación bloquea naturalmente la línea de visión de los apartamentos adyacentes.

A home for guests

Nowhere but Sajima provides a temporary ‘home’ for its guests. The weekly rental service provided by Nowhere Resort is a relatively new method of operating resort properties in Japan, and allows different tenants the opportunity to inhabit a ‘home’ on a weekly basis. While the weekly term is short compared to a standard monthly rental and long compared to a hotel stay, this in-between length accommodates a new diversity of uses of a ‘home’. Serving as a space for exhibitions, as a classroom or for wedding parties, the unit easily adapts to the imagination and invention of the tenant and in doing so also re-defines the range of activities that can take place in the ‘home’. As well as accommodating the functions of work and business, the ‘home’ again becomes the space of many life events beside the basic function of ‘inhabitance’. In acquiring a new program for use, the ‘home’ regains the richness of activity that can take place all around of life.

Re / Sort
The building, a triangular block composed of tube-like volumes heading to the ocean, stands on a point of reclaimed land in a small fishing village. While the site meets the seawall and directly faces the sea, it is also faces other buildings across the water. To provide adequate privacy without the use of curtains, narrow tube-shaped spaces were bundled together and angled to provide openings toward the sea. The orientation of these tubes naturally blocks the line of sight from the adjacent apartments and while gazing down the length of the tube from inside only the ocean can be seen. While providing an escape from the tide of urbanism characterizing what we normally call a ‘resort’, the design still maintains the key aspects of the resort experience. We have created a place reminiscent of looking out to sea from the deck of a ship.

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Soil Stability and Triangle
In order to avoid putting any load on the existing seawall while elongating the ocean-facing side of the building, it was necessary to shift the center of gravity away from the seawall by using a triangular plan.

Fire spread prevention
The dimension and shape of each tube was determined not only by its effectiveness as a picture-frame, but also by the dimension of the glass. We comprehensively looked at determining the dimensions by the limit required of mullionfree glass of a reasonable thickness, the dimensions required of special fire-resistant glass, building regulations, cost and fabrication method; after which, we made individual decisions for each aperture.

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