As they say, “it’s all in the details”. Takeshi Hirobe Architects proves this statement true with their awe inspiring houses, I’ve never come across interior spaces with such precision and individuality. I’d like to point out a few things to start off this post, firstly check out the above picture with the wonderful lines and quirky shapes throughout. The stairs for example are just terrific, I like the relationship between the back wall with the circular holes in, the quirky handrail, and the barrier infront that ricochets light everywhere. It’s quite mesmerising.
In fact you’ll find these circular elements in a lot of the houses that have been produced by Takeshi Hirobe, it’s almost like he’s got a slight infatuation with Le Corbusier, who as you all know I’m extremely fond of as well. Le Corbusier does a great job at mixing textures, light and shape, some of the main elements in architecture, and I think Takeshi Hirobe also takes inspiration from this. He says in his bio that architecture to him is the same as music, creating a song with a building, he also mentions the fact that he designs buildings relating to flow of light throughout the day and the change of seasons. Trying to make a structure blend in with the natural environment is also important, becoming one with the earth, and is something I’m quite intrigued by as it follows my guidelines to good design. Conserving resources and minimising physical and visual pollution.
I feel like as you scan through these different buildings you get a sense of openness and clarity, also purity in the materials used. A nice balance is set between the contrasting concrete and wood, something Tadao Ando always excels at in my eyes, and is possibly the reason why I look at material use more and more in buildings. It’s something you don’t necessarily look at straight away but it really makes or breaks the connecting rooms and atmosphere. Hopefully as you picture yourself walking through the structures in the images below, you’ll get a sense of what it would be like in person and the different techniques that Takeshi Hirobe has used to make you feel a certain way. For more shots like this I’d urge you towards their portfolio below, it’s full of amazing imagery and also features project information on a one by one basis, which is hard to come across these days. You can get right into the brain of the architect himself!