传统屋檐下公厕Hut with the Arc Wall / Tato Architects |
照片来源: Ken’ichi Suzuki
Made a public toilet at Shodoshima Island as apart of the project of Setouchi Art Festival in which I came to participatefrom this time. The site is in the area called “Hishio-no-sato (Native place ofsauce)” where pre-modern architecture of soy sauce making warehouse remainscollectively most in Japan. These warehouses are authorized as registeredtangible cultural property, where soy sauce has been made still in theold-fashioned formula.Framing of a traditional cabin and large cedar barrels onthe floor are the characteristic scene. I decided to make the toilet adapted tosuch surroundings and make it be the starting point of a walk by partitioningthe space with curved surfaces as softly as a cloth under a traditional cabinroof.
Dueto circumstances on the site the construction had tobe completed in about twomonths. I tried to shorten the construction period by making the curvedsurfaces with steel plate and by, while making them at factory, proceeding withthe foundation work at site at the same time.
Iadopted tile roofing following nearby houses. Actually Iroofed with smokedtiles and glass tilesnmosaic pattern as these are compatible with each other thanks to thestandardization, and I used FRP plates for the sheathing to make the placelight as if sunlight came in through branches of trees.
Thesmoked tiles and glass tiles cannot easily be distinguished, during the day,from outside and may be mistaken for the same as the unevenness of the agedroof tiles of the neighborhood. But the difference appears clearly when nightfalls and light begins to leak from inside.The internal space will give feelingof being guided on while walking along the softly curved surface. I think I mayhave realized such a place as looks more spacious than actually is and as beingsecured while being relieved.