sou fujimoto: house NA sou fujimoto: house NA
nov 04, 2011

sou fujimoto: house NA

‘house NA’ by sou fujimoto architects, tokyo, japan image courtesy of sou fujimoto architects

tokyo-based practice sou fujimoto architects has completed ‘house NA’, a single family dwelling within a residential district in tokyo, japan. similar in form to a stacked pile of boxes the internal areas generated by the exterior appearance are set at different elevations. the small rooms within each platform are connected by ladder stairs allowing a free movement through the home’s loosely defined program.

the rectangular windows of varied proportions and sizes frame views of adjacent structures while the elimination of solid interior walls encourage unobstructed sight lines to higher and lower spaces. at night, curtains become temporary partitions for privacy and separation.

video still courtesy of sou fujimoto architects

video still courtesy of sou fujimoto architects

video stills courtesy of sou fujimoto architects

video still courtesy of sou fujimoto architects a 1-5 model of the project is currently on display at MOT – museum of contemporary art tokyo in tokyo, japan, as part of the exhibition ‘architectural environments for tomorrow – new spatial practices in architecture and art’. curated by yuko hasegawa (MOT tokyo chief curator) together with SANAA architects (kazuyo sejima + ryue nishizawa), the exhibition features works of 23 architects and artists from 12 countries (tentative) that introduce their experiments and achievements through models, drawings, images, sculpture, photographs and mixed-media installations.

model at the museum of contemporary art tokyo, japan image © designboom

model image © designboom

facade detail image © designboom

facade detail image © designboom

corner view of the study image © designboom

desk image © designboom

study area image © designboom

video still courtesy of sou fujimoto architects

bedroom/closet image © designboom

desk overlooking the street video still of shinkenchikusha video

view through the interior to various platform levels video still of shinkenchikusha video

view of desk from upper platform video still of shinkenchikusha video

view down to the street and trees video still of shinkenchikusha video

view of surrounding context video still of shinkenchikusha video

interior at night video still of shinkenchikusha video

  • i don´t want to end up there after a party…

    berlin berlin says:
  • hats off sou
    another stellar piece that eliminates conventions and delves into the meta

    akb says:
  • I admire most of the Japanese houses on this site. The way they sacrifice usable space for spatial design is sometimes very bold and beautiful. But here the opposite seems to prevail. Besides that, accidents are sure to happen.

    airborn says:
  • this is an incredible piece of work – like someone locked Paul Rudoph and Peter Eisenman in a room and told them to develop a design for a house on a very small site

    it’s like a zero mass structure and the way that platforms are creatively employed is astounding

    I would like to be the Windex salesman

    dbkii says:
  • maybe it doesn’t care about thermal environment.

    uks says:
  • keep your jammies on!

    666 says:
  • um … privacy?

    ss says:
  • …and don’t throw any stones.

    OmiOmiO says:
  • all of the above focus on problems that probably don’t exist- windex?- self cleaning windows, accidents? no children, thermal environment? triple glaze windows and a Tokyo climate, privacy? curtains, stones unbreakable glass. I walk by this house almost everyday on my way to the gym and privacy is not an issue- I personally dont look at it very long for fear of people thinking I am a peeping Tom.

    markjamesdesign says:

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