w/ 012 UK

type: space
function: residence
location: ukiha, japan / gilhac et bruzac, france
area: 1700m2(site)
collaborator: camillo fiorito, omnicent, beCAT, and so many local craftsmen



During their studies at ETH Zurich, architects Camillo Fiorito and Shimpei Terada met, both drawn to the Swiss approach to architecture with its deep appreciation for craftsmanship, detail, and thoroughness. Now, with their respective architectural practices in Amsterdam and Tokyo, they share a vision focused on creating sustainable and robust buildings rooted in deep historical insight and craftsmanship. They adopt a holistic approach, integrating materials, culture, and history, emphasizing sustainability and the use of local resources, while remaining deeply connected to the social and historical context of their projects.

This vision is particularly relevant in the current architectural landscape. In an era where technological advancements, innovation, and mass production dominate the construction world, we face diverse challenges in engineering and architecture. The rapidly growing urban landscape, combined with the need for sustainable building, has led to a constant search for new construction methods and materials. At the same time, architects and construction experts strive for aesthetics, functionality, and efficiency. In this context, it is easy to forget that the solutions to some of these challenges may already exist in the rich history of traditional craftsmanship.

Traditional craftsmanship, a centuries-old heritage, offers a wealth of knowledge and techniques that have been perfected by generations of craftsmen. These techniques, though sometimes considered outdated, embody principles of sustainability, adaptability to local conditions, and a deep respect for materials. They also represent a symbiosis of functionality and art, where each building tells a story of its creators and the community in which it was built.

Rediscovering and integrating these traditional approaches into modern construction practice can provide answers to some of today’s most pressing questions. How can we build in a way that is ecologically sustainable? How can we create structures that are not only functional but also hold deep cultural and aesthetic significance? How can we bridge the gap between rapidly evolving urban centers and neglected rural areas?

This project delves into the rich history of craftsmanship, the challenges it faces in the contemporary context, and the value it can add to modern engineering and architecture.

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