fujiwaramuro architects: house in minoh, japan
fujiwaramuro architects: house in minoh, japan
apr 01, 2013

fujiwaramuro architects: house in minoh, japan

‘house in minoh’ by fujiawaramuro architects, osaka, japanimage © toshiyuki yano



on a corner in a developing neighborhood of osaka, stands a composition of intersecting white volumes. ‘house in minoh’ is a  fujiwaramuro-designed dwelling complete with quarters for a family with three children, a music rehearsal space and a tatami room. the expression of the single family home changes with the vantage point of the viewer. organized around the intersecting void space of the living room, the program orientation is dictated by the site’s capacity for privacy. bordered by roads on three sides and slightly elevated above street level, the building is visible from almost all surrounding perspectives. consequently, the configuration of the rooms has given rise to discrete boxes that disallow the architecture to have a clear front facade. combined with ample south facing glazing, the result is a dynamic and light-filled dwelling that can open to the street or enclose a sequence of quiet cubes.

fujiwaramuro architectsinterior viewimage © toshiyuki yano



project info:


location: minoh, osaka, japanprinciple use: single family housesite area: 243 m2building area: 81 m2total floor area: 120 m2project architect: shintaro fujiwara,yoshio muroproject team: fujiwarramuro architectsstructure: timber




  • The intersecting volumes create some interesting spaces. I can gather why there is a focus away from the exterior surroundings – they don’t really inspire!
    In my opinion, I’d have liked to see some more variety in terms of materials, but overall I think its an interesting response to this site.

    Jeffrey Veffer from Incite Design says:
  • Japanese are so strange… why would you put the bathroom downstairs? I just don´t understand their ways…

    Leo Tucuman says:

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