The Japanese Joint House is a space created by carving out from a traditional Japanese joint. Its program consists of four experiences from four distinct spaces-a view of the ground, a view of the sky, a view of the horizon and a room that is naturally lit but has no exterior view.
The joint is formed by two identical mirrored pieces that are joined by two keys. In using the upside down piece, the theme of unnatural and forced perspective was utilized to create the experiences: the ground is viewed from the highest room, while the sky is viewed from the lowest room.
Furthering the idea of forced perspective, the space was designed so that these four possible experiences could be created without altering the exterior facade. Because of this, all of the rooms are connected to the two existing keyholes and the entrance is in the roof, creating interior funnel-shaped areas in each room that connect to the key holes and this the views.
4.023 Architecture Design Studio I