峠のグループホーム  東京都八王子市


Group Home on Hill Pass     Hachioji, Tokyo

This is a group home of intellectually disabled people built on a hill pass.  Four people live here while receiving assistance from caretakers.  Due to satisfy the building standard as a welfare facility, the structure is embedded in the slope to keep flat access from the road.  The large window slightly higher than eye-level facing the north side clears the line of sight of the people who go around the city, creating a constantly open-minded atmosphere in both worlds across the window.  The retaining wall goes up to be the exterior wall, and timber beams frame floors.  By minimizing concrete floor slab, construction formwork support and thermal bridge are reduced.  On the second floor, a step like the bench is set in the private room, and the floor finish is changed so that the residents are easy to have affection.  The light leaking from the gap at night softly connects the upper to lower floor, and the caretaker on the first floor can see the life rhythm of the residents on the second floor.  These ideas were refined as the ideal form of this architecture through surveys of many similar facilities and interviews with caretakers.