In the contemporary landscape of holiday retreats, where the traditional pension is overshadowed by the glitz of luxury stays, aoa architects presents HOJI - a nuanced architectural statement that reimagines the essence of vacation spaces.
Eschewing the ostentatious for the organic, HOJI emerges as a testament to the architects' commitment to simplicity, functionality, and harmony with the environment.
Situated in a tranquil country town, HOJI's narrative begins with a respectful query: whether it is permissible to introduce an artificial element into such a serene landscape. The answer lies in the project's unobtrusive approach. Spanning 3,300m², the land's gentle slope naturally cradles the architectural ensemble, which includes three distinct accommodation buildings, a community warehouse, and the owner's house. These structures, though individually characterized, share a common architectural language - one that is understated and sensitive to the countryside ethos.
aoa architects's vision for HOJI is a masterclass in balancing innovation with restraint. The Octagonal House, the Long House, and the Round House are more than mere structures; they are canvases for imagination. Each building, with its unique form - be it reminiscent of a nomadic tent, a milk carton, or a slender piece of wood - invites individual interpretation without imposing a singular narrative. This architectural ambiguity is intentional, allowing the buildings to resonate differently with each observer.
The accommodations, while simple in their exterior appearance, reveal a complexity in their spatial arrangement and material use. Wood, a predominant material, is employed extensively, infusing the spaces with warmth and acoustic depth. The interior design, characterized by symmetrical spatial structures juxtaposed with irregular, whimsical furniture, creates an environment that is both orderly and intriguing. This design choice is a subtle nod to the unpredictability of nature, mirrored in the vibrant grasses and insect habitats that surround the buildings.
Each building within HOJI is an exploration of light, space, and perspective. The Octagonal House, with its courtyard and sun-kissed shower space, offers an intimate connection with the outdoors. The Long House, with its skylight and reflective ceilings, plays with the concept of internal space, while the Round House, with its distinctive kitchen oven hood, demonstrates how everyday objects can be transformed into extraordinary design elements.