Winner 2020 / ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN / Other Architectural Design

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  • Project Title

    Atelier K PLAN

  • Winning Firm

    OOKI Architects & Associates

  • Lead Designer

    Hiromoto Oki

  • Awarded

    WINNER, ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, Other Architectural Design
  • Project Location
    Karatsu, Saga, Japan
  • Project Status
  • Client
    Ryukai Kaneumi

  • Architectural Firm
  • Architect Firm / Studio Name
  • Lead Architect(s)
    Hiromoto Oki
  • About Firm
    OOKI Architects & Associates is an architectural firm, established by Hiromoto Oki in Tokyo, Japan in 1985. Hiromoto Oki takes a research based approach to a wide variety of projects, from a private memorial hall to huge buildings such as hotels, hospitals, casinos. Inspired by local matters such as environmental problems and ethnic issues, his designs have integrated buildings and local landscapes and have created a sense of belonging for people who use his works.

Atelier K PLAN is a studio in Saga, Japan. It was designed to let visitors face the sea from the mountain. The round sphere floats in the wind, and there are no sharp edges on the building so that the wind may flow unimpeded from the mountain on the east side to the sea on the west. The water flows from the top of the building into a small waterfall which is carried by the wind to the sea. The building melts into the flow of the wind and water and coexists with nature. The building can also function as the centre of familial activities.

Photo Credit: Takatoshi Oki