Residential Care Unit by Sou Fujimoto Architects

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Residential Care Unit by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Located on a gently sloping hillside in Date-shi overlooking the seascape of Hokkaido, the Residential Care Unit is a meandering buildings cluster designed as a dormitory for the mentally disabled.

Architects: Sou Fujimoto Architects
Location: Date-shi, Hokkaido, Japan
Photographs: Daici Ano, Courtesy of Sou Fujimoto

Residential Care Unit by Sou Fujimoto Architects
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Residential Care Unit by Sou Fujimoto Architects
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The buildings are simply articulated in black profiled cladding both walls and roof, 11 box units (5.4 X 5.4m) linked by 10 Interstitial triangular spaces, providing accommodation for up to twenty mental health patients.

Residential Care Unit by Sou Fujimoto Architects
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Residential Care Unit by Sou Fujimoto Architects
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Three roof types–flat, mono-pitch and ridge–and three storey heights further articulate each unit’s form, adding complexity to the building’s silhouette as it descends the subtle gradient of the site.

Residential Care Unit by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Residential Care Unit by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Inspiration from architect:

This form generates a wide variety of spaces, of shapes and sizes, gaps, dead-ends, nooks and crannies, creating a series of in-between places where people may be naturally inclined to find refuge.