fujiwaramuro architects: house in hakusan
fujiwaramuro architects: house in hakusan fujiwaramuro architects: house in hakusan
mar 22, 2013

fujiwaramuro architects: house in hakusan

‘house in hakusan’ by fujiwaramuro architects, ishikawa, japanimage © yano toshiyukiall images courtesy of fujiwaramuro architects



the cube, although seemingly limited in size and spatial potential in reality gives an enormous freedom in the organization of spaces and their relationship to one another. when japanese practice fujiwaramuro architects sat down with the client and their three children, it became clear that a split-level option was preferred, where there was always a connection between the social spaces. the idea of a large central staircase, customary in many homes, is extruded to become a mechanism that is no longer just used in circulation but also becomes a dynamic livable space that links different program.

entrance elevationimage © yano toshiyuki



stretching from the entrance up through the primary living area, the stairs provide a diagonal cut through the entire home that acts as a wind-tunnel when the windows are open, and connect to several levels before ending at the dining table where an extension becomes seating for the children. the living room is located in the middle level maintaining a close relation to the rest of the dwelling, with a linear half-level containing a long work desk overlooking the open central space and feeds into the kids room where a ladder takes them to an even higher loft.

entryimage © yano toshiyuki



a skylight resides within a large central void in the roof that expands the dimensions of the house vertically as well, emphasizing with the stairs the idea of a three-dimensional circulation. the master bedroom and private areas in turn are located on the ground floor in the spaces under the stairs, along with the main bathroom and study that connects back to the mid-level through a smaller staircase.

main staircaseimage © yano toshiyuki

living space in the center of the cubeimage © yano toshiyuki

extension of the stairs allow the children to sit at the dining table like bench seatingimage © yano toshiyuki

ceiling void brings in natural lightimage © yano toshiyuki

image © yano toshiyuki

(left) living room and kitchen(right) work area in a half-levelimages © yano toshiyuki

image © yano toshiyuki


floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1



floor plan / level 2








  • the wide stairs front and center stairs really work and create a dynamic, only thing is wish that the stairs had wider bridge as they exited to a room rather than just entering and exiting onto a single stair width?

    kalvin says:
  • cube, cube, cube!! jaj

    roberto says:
  • love the idea of centralizing the circulation and the connection between the work space,lounge ,eating area brilliant not sure about sound thou.
    Also I honestly don’t see how the “kids room ” is adequate for 2 growing boys unless mom and dad are seriously hinting at them to get the hell out off the house after high school

    hsark says:

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