Steven Holl | Fukuoka Apartments

Fukuoka, Japan | 2001 | Project Link



-The inhabited hybrid space no longer adheres to the classical idea of coexistence of behaviours. Instead there is a spacial contract between independent action, behaviours and chaging individual needs.
-A type of hybrid, hinged space therefore conforms to different uses at different times, and mediates between simultaneous uses.


-A mongrel scenario of simultaneous identities or catagories.
-Seven plan types share a single building: Access galley, Double loaded corridor, Alternate level coriidor/ skip-stop, Alternate position corridor, Duplex double orientation, Intelocking units

Research By: Neil


The ability to change one's space in response to varying conditions may be manifest in an action as simple as opening a window. The flexible modularity of the modern urban life, coupled with the exponential rise in housing cost per square foot, necessitates residential spaces that are multifunctional and adjustable to suit the need of the day. Hinged space takes the process of customization and connects it to the poetics of space and the phenomenology of the site, opening and closing the apartments in relation to their surroundings. Drawings from the Japanese tradition of fusuma, partitions allow for the concealment and revealing of different programmatic spaces. The arrangement approaches change on an entirely inward-facing level, allowing the occupant to open or close the space as he or she sees fit, without worry of neighborly distubance. Opening a window becomes opening a room, a personal act of privacy informing the design of an entire unit.

Research By: Harding