Solid Cedar House / Shigeru Ban

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The Solid Cedar House designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and built with solid cedar was conceived based on the work of acclaimed modernist architect Mies Van Der Rohe.

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Designing a house is far more difficult than making an art museum or an office building.

– Shigeru Ban for The Japan Times in 2013

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Solid Cedar House / Shigeru Ban

© Hiroyuki Hirai

Solid Cedar House / Shigeru Ban

© Hiroyuki Hirai

Solid Cedar House / Shigeru Ban

© Hiroyuki Hirai

Solid Cedar House / Shigeru Ban

© Hiroyuki Hirai

Solid Cedar House / Shigeru Ban

© Hiroyuki Hirai

Solid Cedar House Article

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has over the past years conceived a number of design concepts based on the work of acclaimed modernist architect Mies Van Der Rohe. “Solid cedar house” is located in the Japanese prefecture of Yamanashi and is also part of these ongoing studies. Mies used concrete and brick structure walls as a device to connect the space sequence’s from the interior Space to the landscape. In the same way, the wall and the slab in this work (ceiling, roof) cut a wide variety of scenery in every room.

The house, as the name suggests, ‘Solid Cedar House’ has been constructed using locally sourced wood, with vertical and horizontal planes creating a series of carefully configured living spaces.  The walls in this house not only frame the scenery, but they also play an important role to ensure a sense of seclusion and privacy hiding the neighboring houses and the roads. The most intimate areas of the house are found at the center of the single storey plan.

Designing a house is far more difficult than making an art museum or an office building. With a house you have one particular client whose lifestyle it has to suit. With an office you are dealing with generalities.

So, when architects get famous they tend to stop doing residential projects. There is no money in them, they are difficult and the responsibility is large.

But the kinds of architects I respect — people like Le Corbusier, Mies Van Der Rohe or Alvar Aalto — continued to make houses their entire lives. It was in their houses that they did their experimentation.

– Shigeru Ban for The Japan Times in 2013

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Cite this article: "Solid Cedar House / Shigeru Ban," in ArchEyes, April 7, 2016, http://archeyes.com/solid-cedar-house-shigeru-ban/.