The cutting Edge is a dispensing pharmacy related to the neighboring Daiichi General Hospital in Himeji City, Japan. In this type of pharmacies the client doesn’t have direct access to the products as in the retail type; rather his medicines will be prepared in the backyard by a pharmacist after presenting a medical prescription. This new building was designed to promote the image of the hospital by introducing a High-tech sharp image in accordance with an advanced medical technology. It results in a white minimalistic but fully functional space.
Due to the unique nature of the service centers, which have to handle large circulation flow, the design ensure visitors from all directions can reach the service center area swiftly; and at the same time, it provides for visitors who can’t gain access into the service centers momentarily as a venue for viewing and resting.
The designer seems want to present his project with local culture elements. We can feel some regional features and humanistic methods through the works. Chinese culture is mysterious and the history is quite long. How to express the real eastern aesthetic design in a right way is still a precious thing we should take care of. And in the form of a distinction between any similar projects, leaves us good impression! We wish there will be more project to be created with methods of sustainability and can be eco-friendly.
The reception center is mainly for business purpose, so the owner hopes itsshape and stylewill be eye-catching by using the play of materials and lights in design. Water is the theme in this case. The architectural design conveys the relation of water, architecture and nature by a transparent concept.
Inspired by the owner's creative process of capturing an experience with a still photo, the house is two simple platonic forms - one resting on the other - pulled apart to create an aperture to the lake. The view is revealed once you enter the house, leaving the city behind and immersing yourself in lake living. The main public space is a wood clad, two-story volume filled with light and the lake view. This is contrasted by a crisp, white stucco volume housing the private functions. Large boulders unearthed during construction connect the house to the land, otherwise leaving the lot natural.
The design of this project has an unique approach to use the Metal Mesh as the solution for practical and aesthetics purpose. The translucent Metal Mesh creates a layer of curtain which can blur the boundary between indoor and outdoor space- the gray space. The depth of space created by the translucent curtain creates a rich level of spatial quality. The polished stainless steel Metal Mesh varies under different weather conditions and different period of a day. The reflection and translucency of the Mesh with elegant landscape creates a calm Chinese style ZEN space.
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