28th Shinkenchiku Award Winners: Double Helix House + Small House

Double Helix House
by onishimaki + hyakudayuki architects / o+h

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Double Helix House has a prominent long corridor/stairway spiralling up its exterior. The spiral was inspired by the site’s two narrow entryways leading from the surrounding streets. The jurors appreciated the project’s sensitivity to its context and architects Maki Onishi and Yuki Hyakuda’s dynamic representation of their clear concept.

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Small House
by Unemori Architects

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This small house has a footprint of a mere 4 by 4 meters (13.1 by 13.1 feet). Architect Hiroyuki Unemori’s execution of the wall and floor details to minimize their thickness was highly praised by the jurors.

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Overall, the jurors noticed that the current young generation of architects are more attentive in their design than when Mr. Yamamoto and Mr. Yasuda themselves were young. They discussed that one reason might be the lack of a shared sense of necessity – such that existed during the Japan’s modernization period. In recent times, young architects seek to distinguish themselves as individuals by forming their own thesis and style.