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AIDIA JOURNAL 2008 vol.8, 1.Introduction

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Development and Validation of “Architectural Furniture”
Research on Furniture Combining Architectural Functions
(“Architectural Furniture”) Vol. 2

Toshihiko Suzuki


1.Introduction
Recently, skeleton infill has attracted attention as a method to increase the life of building. It is a method to improve the sustainability of a building by dividing the whole building into two elements, i.e., skeleton (bare space with neither partition nor equipments) and infill (changeable equipments or partition). Generally speaking, life of building is considered to mean the physical life of structural building frame. In reality, however, life of building is determined depending on change in family structure and lifestyle of the residents.
Making residential environment possible to respond to changes in human lifecycle, life of building may be prolonged.

The concept of skeleton infill has been widely received based on this standpoint. However, infill isn’t provided with quick-response changeability against everyday application alteration, since it is supposed to be altered in a time-span of around 15 to 30 years. Reflecting such situation, “furniture combining architectural functions” to play an intermediate role between infill and furniture has appeared.

As we introduced examples of works produced by Masayuki Kurokawa, Ettore Sottsass, Nobuaki Furuya and Shigeru Ban in the previous report, they are samples tried to create interior with high changeability.
For that reason, we named such samples as “furniture combining architectural functions – Architectural Furniture”. Further, we defined Architectural Furniture as “what is able to segment space, provide functions in place, and to be moved and altered easily”.

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