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Morizo- Architectural Design Studio Story 04

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Former men's toilets
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Toilets in the past
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Bathrooms of the past


Morizo-The water situation in the office, before the relocation and renovation, was quite difficult.
This was the only area that we really wanted to refurbish.
Much of the small amount of money spent on the refurbishment was poured into this area.

As the water area was considered unclean, old houses were built away from the kimon (devil's gate) or away from the skeletal structure of the building.
Even if they were covered with stone or tiles, water would always permeate through the gaps and eventually cause problems such as corrosion and debris.
In anticipation of this, the building was designed to be easy to renew.

As expected, the building's water system was also badly damaged, and the wooden parts inside the tiles were falling apart.
The pillars and beams were rotting. (This is common in the refurbishment of old buildings.)

Morizo-事務所、移転改修前の水廻りはなかなかなの状況だった。
ここだけは何とかしたい。
わずかな改修費の多くはここに注がれた。

昔の家屋は水廻りを不浄なものとして鬼門から外したり、建物の骨格構造体から離して作られていた。
石やタイルで覆っても隙間から必ず水は浸透し、何れ腐食や蟻害といった問題を引き起こす。
これを見越して更新しやすい配置や納まりにするのが一般的。

案の定この建物の水廻りも被害が大きく、タイルの裏の木の部分はボロボロ。
柱も梁も朽ちていた。(古い建物の改修ではよくあること)
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Reinforced walls.
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Replaced beams


The walls had been renovated several times.
I designed to replace or reinforce the damaged areas.
The ceiling was dismantled from the entire roof and replaced with new beams.

壁は何度か改修した後があり、傷んでるところを取り替えたり補強したりして修繕した。
天井は屋根ごと解体して、新しく梁を架け替えた。
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New glass roof
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Bathtubs that are not cat's-legs
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Cedar wood washbasin


Now with a glass roof and no ceiling, it is brighter.
The bathroom is combined with the washbasin and toilet.

The materials are white tiles and solid cedar wood.
According to my knowledge at the time, it was a promise to coat the wood around the water with urethane, but 15 years later I regretted that I should have used an oil finish, considering the maintenance.
The wooden paving boards in the bath zone were a pain to maintain and soon the floor was also tiled.

今度は屋根をガラスにして天井を設けず明るく。
洗面とトイレが一体のバスルームにした。

材料は白いタイルと杉の無垢材。
当時の知識では水廻りの木にはウレタンを塗るのがお約束だったけど、メンテのことを考えてオイル仕上げにしておくべきだったと15年後に反省。
バスゾーンのスノコ敷は手入れが面倒で、間もなく床もタイル張りにした。


There was a lot to be learned while using the system, and we experimented with various things.
There were also experiments with share houses, which was part of the original conception.
We often invited people from all walks of life to parties.

What was interesting at the time was that when people saw the bathtub, they would remember it as "the office with the cat-leg bathtub".
It's not a cat's legs at all, but people may have an imprint that a bathtub on the floor = cat's legs. (^^;)

This property was initially rented with a four-year commitment.
It has already been 19 years since that day when I thought that if I had to move after four years, I would take this bathtub with me.
The bathtub that is not still cat-legs is still there.

使いながらわかることも多く、いろんな実験をした。
当初の構想にあったシェアハウス的実験もあり、
いろんな人を招いてパーティーをすることも多々。

そのころ興味深かったのは、皆さんこのバスタブを見て「猫脚のバスタブが置いてある事務所。」と記憶されること。
ぜんぜん猫脚じゃないんですが、、、、床に置いてあるバスタブ=猫脚。という刷り込みがあるのか、見事に皆さんがそう仰る。(^^;)

高くて猫脚浴槽は変えなかったけど、4年定借で借りているこの物件から、もし出ないといけなくても浴槽を持っていこうと考えた。
あの日から早19年。
未だに猫脚じゃないバスタブはそこにある。

by morizo-archi | 2022-07-11 09:24 | Morizo- | Comments(0)

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