Organized by the magazine Nikkei Architecture and sponsored by Japan EnviroChemicals, this competition aims to foster excellence in the design of wooden architecture and interiors. It received 292 entries for the housing category and 477 entries total.
The Hayama Compound Housing is located in Isshiki, Hayama in Kanagawa prefecture (Japan). The first stage of the project was completed in December 2010. Its design was conceived under the premise of preserving the original condition of the plot while using a language and spatiality that would fit in the context of the Hayama area. Issues taken into consideration were: the project relationship with the surrounding neighborhood and the Shinto temple, the preservation of the existing trees, recycling of existing materials on site and the creation of a common space that would promote contact among the residents and the neighbors.
"We used Vectorworks during all the development phases of the project, and it was especially valuable for aspects like structural coordination and project simulation," explains project architect Juan P. Ordóñez. "The Building Information Modeling (BIM) capabilities of the software program allowed all 2D documents to be produced from the original 3D models, making it easy to refine the buildings during the construction process."
Community Housing Ltd. focuses on the development of projects that enhance the quality of the urban environment, and we commend them for truly making this happen.