The architectural lifespan of a house expresses the temporality of human existence.
Japan’s geographical characteristics being what they are — marked by volcanic activity and earthquakes–housing structures are rarely expected to last more than 25 – 50 years. So, it’s not surprising that owners rarely expect to die in their first homes. Eastern Office’s “House Awaiting A Death” is born out of this exact climate. Yet, the temporality expressed in this structure has more to do with the ownert’s life expectancy (about 15 years) than Japan’s geographical phenomenon.
So, how does one design for the comforts of death? In this case, light and it’s orientation with east-west play a key role. Citing the fact that the owner believes his death will be a “sunrise” not a “sunset.” here, the windows and main facade are oriented to accentuate the rays of a sunrise in the main space. Being situated on a peninsula, the sunrise offers an interest mirror image effect with the window’s facade.