terunobu fujimori: flying mud boat terunobu fujimori: flying mud boat
nov 30, 2012

terunobu fujimori: flying mud boat

‘flying mud boat’ by terunobu fujimoriimage © kazumasa onishi

 

 

 

famed japanese architect terunobu fujimori is widely known for his peculiar designs, usually with a surreal animated movie feel with oddly organized spaces and rickety-looking structures that would be right at home in an older tim burton film. the ‘flying mud boat’ traveling tea house installation is the newest addition to his repertoire of fantastical designs. simply put, an acorn-like mass blown up to human scale is suspended on tension cables over four natural wooden posts anchored into the ground, and only accessible by ladder. the concept is in itself quite dynamic, capable of being installed in any environment and any climate, and although it is only big enough for a few people, the idea could be used as a case study for the practical application on a residential scale in places where being elevated off the ground would serve as an advantage.

suspended by the four postsimage © kazumasa onishi

 

 

 

the exterior is characterized into two halves, the top consisting of a shingle roof with curling edges as if made of aged leafs of paper, and the bottom a bowl of mud plaster painted a neutral earthen yellow. fujimoro is known to use organic raw materials in his buildings, as they offer excellent thermal properties, a natural visual aesthetic and are often times sustainably acquired and applied. the skeleton is made of a series of bi-directional laminated plywood rings, with an interior that has a plaster floor and carefully arranged cedar planks that create a comfortable contemporary ambiance.  lateral circular windows within square frames extend views out over the landscape and allow the space to be ventilated, a probable necessity after having the small stove on for a while.

view from underneathimage © kazumasa onishi

yellow-painted mud plaster exteriorimage © kazumasa onishi

ladder leads to the entranceimage © kazumasa onishi

view from the structureimage © kazumasa onishi

entranceimage © kazumasa onishi

interiorimage © kazumasa onishi

small stove for heating water and a wooden table and seats on a plaster floorimage © kazumasa onishi

image © kazumasa onishi

circular windows cut into square frames offering ventilationimage © kazumasa onishi

view out of the windowimage via

can be installed in any climate and locationimage via

  • just the term “flying mud boat” sent me into hysterics

    dbkii says:
  • In the nick of time — that was darn close.

    Mort D'Urban says:
  • This is so incredible and delicate. I love it! Congratulations on such a beautiful work.

    Jane Zimmerman says:
  • tim burton? really? more like Hayao Miyazaki… just sayin’…

    pomadora says:
  • Better a goofy hotel experience than a tea house…bunch of these in the trees and you got yourself a Tree Hobbit Hostel.

    Bedlamite23 says:
  • Hello! I f anyone who reads this knows the answer please please submit the answer! THANKYOU! I need to know how long it took him to build the Flying Mud Boat! BTW I love his work and the Flying Mud Boat is really cool

    Stars says:

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