We all know that the Japanese are really good in designing in a simple way. They have a great eye for the simple things in life. Simple things that are made of natural materials, new materials and minimalistic materials. We’ve travelled for a month through Japan in January 2013. I loved it and would love to go back again in the summer sometime. When I bumped into this special house I knew I had to write a post about it because it explained all my thoughts about Japan. Sou Fujimoto Architects designed this spacious, transparent house for a young couple in Tokyo that wanted to live as nomads in their own house.

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Most of the houses in Japan are made of concrete which makes it all a bit closed. The architects thought of the idea of living in a tree and to open up to the street instead of closing it all. There are 21 individual floor plates, all at a different height.

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House NA by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Sou Fujimoto was born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1971. He graduated in 1994 from the University of Tokyo and opened his own office in 2000. He is known for the light structures and permeable enclosures. He has several houses in his portfolio and in 2013, he got selected to design the temporary Serpentine Gallery pavilion in London. This video shows you the pavilion and how they lighted it with LED.

Sou Fujimoto Serpentine Pavilion Intervention from United Visual Artists on Vimeo.

You can see the house as one single room or as various rooms connected with each other. Sou Fujimoto says; “The intriguing point of a tree is that these places are not hermetically isolated but are connected to one another in its unique relativity. To hear one’s voice from across and above, hopping over to another branch, a discussion taking place across branches by members from separate branches. These are some of the moments of richness encountered through such spatially dense living.”

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So, it’s almost like a bird living in a tree..

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What do you think, could you live in a house like this? Such an open space, transparent and perhaps a bit small?

All the photos are taken by Iwan Baan and the drawings are courtesy of Sou Fujimoto.

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