year: 2007-2009
use: Kuri
location: Nerima-ku, Tokyo
floor: 1basement floor + 2floor
structure: RC
site area: 820.00m2
building area:479.94m2
total floor area: 559.51m2
collaborative designer: Akiko Sekino
structural design: Seiichiro Yamada
construction: Sato Hide, T. Kawamukai
photo: Hiroyuki Hirai
staff in charge: T.Ueda, K.Fujimura
October Ueda and Nakagawa Architects

Cartesian grid, reminiscence and/or oblivion

Cancelling the rules that guaranty a rectangular Cartesian coordinate system as it is, we made each unit space to be free and to obtain needed size in mutual push and pull. The shape of the whole is the result of cutting out by the site shape.

In the grounds of a Japanese temple where a rectangular coordinate system, if not so strong as Cartesian, dominate, I thought that something else could be accepted and wanted to see something else accepted in reality. This is because of the generosity of, and my respect for, such traditional Japanese religions.

Other than X-axis and Y-axis, some duality are in this project's concern such as parent family and son family, action space and transfer space, inside and outside (of the building and of the site) and two architects. I consider the duality not in the phase of "duel" but in the phase of "between," "fundamental sameness," "incommensurable coexistence."

I think that the project will be finally completed when you can see 2501 through the satellite view of Google map. This is because the project is of conceptual.