Oume, Tokyo 2007
Total Area: 140m2, New Construction, Wood Frame, 1 Story
Part of a complex for care of the mentally retarded, two separate new buildings were built to contain the day-program activities, one for facility residents and the other for non-residents
The two buildings are placed face to face, with long cantilevered roofs that extend out over the area between the buildings, creating a multi-purpose space as a half-indoor / half-outdoor zone.
The non-resident building is also used as a cafe, and is open to the public as well. The ceilings of both of buildings were made high with several high side windows placed to obtain ample light and ventilation, and the spaces feel open and airy.