fujiwaramuro architects: house in nada, japan
fujiwaramuro architects: house in nada, japan fujiwaramuro architects: house in nada, japan
mar 29, 2013

fujiwaramuro architects: house in nada, japan

‘house in nada’ by fujiwaramuro architects, hyogo prefecture, japanimage © toshiyuki yanoall images courtesy of fujiwaramuro architects



on a slight 37 square meter site in the hyogo prefecture, a timber-faced home by fujiwaramuro architects combats spatial narrowness with dimensional gaps and holes within its interior field. the vertically oriented wood skin connects a multi-level single family home with a strikingly grained exterior. by contrast, a large central atrium organizes the space in sectionally, while wooden grates dematerialize the lateral planes. these two architectural gestures create a sunlit space that reaches the bottom of the house. the center void also serves as storage space and works in conjunction with the asymmetric smattering of apertures that puncture the envelope. room spaces are layered with a network of ladders that culminate in a rooftop loft.

the wooden skin of the facadeimage © toshiyuki yano

(left): entrance view (right): dusk view of the living / dining space image © toshiyuki yano

evening views into the central space show an illuminated filter-like plateimage © toshiyuki yano

(left): dining room views show a filter-like slatted floor (right): furniture reflects the dematerialized planesimage © toshiyuki yano

(left): atrium view into the slatted dining room (right): the atrium serves as storage space while allowing ample natural lightimage © toshiyuki yano

bedroom viewimage © toshiyuki yano

roof top viewimage © toshiyuki yano



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location: nada, hyogo, japanprinciple use: single family housesite area: 36.95 m2building area: 22.13m2total floor area: 63.33 m2project architect: shintaro fujiwara, yoshio muroproject team: fujiwaramuro architectsstructure: timber



  • Very well conceived. Functional, Interesting, aesthetic, and comfortable. Did I leave out cozy?

    Fred A. Saas, Architect says:
  • It is a delightful surprise to see the inside and how comfortable it appears.
    Also, it is nice to see a home with some decent illumination.

    Ron Smith says:
  • Strange positioning of the bathroom on the ground floor whereas the bedroom is on the third level. It is not the first time I have seen this. There are more similar layouts from Japanese houses on Designboom. What is the reasoning to remove the bathroom so far from the bedroom?

    Airborne says:

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