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House H / Sou Fujimoto

  • 01:00 - 6 December, 2011
House H / Sou Fujimoto
House H / Sou Fujimoto, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +9

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects

    Sou Fujimoto Architects
  • Principal In Charge

    Sou Fujimoto
  • Project Team

    Hiroshi Kato
  • Site area

    72.28 sqm
  • Area

    125.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. A dwelling for a family of three located in a residential district in Tokyo. To live in a multi-storey dwelling in a dense metropolis like Tokyo is somehow similar to living in a large tree. Within a large tree, there exists few large branches, of which endows numerous qualities; -pleasant places to sit, sleep, and present places for discourse. 


While these branches are individual places under protection, they are simultaneously equipped with mutual relationships that allow one to sense the presence of one another across each branch. A network of relationships interwoven across many places throughout the branches. A proposal for a landscape where the duality of opposites; individuality and holistic co-exist through relationship.


The character of this residence is that it is covered / riddled by holes. The walls, ceilings, and the floors are blatantly punctured and are interlocked three-dimensionally. Through these apertures, one is able to see and feel through to the spaces adjacent, above and below oneself, and furthermore, beyond what is clearly defined.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Through these apertures, staircases of varying angles are affixed, suggesting the access within this geometric tree. The rich spatiality conceived here consists of both an imaginative three-dimensionality of an Escher image, or, an otherness imagined in a scenery of people of the future beginning to inhabit a majestic ruin.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Using artificial materials and geometric order, the succession of voids in connectivity engenders a greater field of relationships. This concept of a residence akin to a large tree, with a tree-like ambiguity in its connectivity with the exterior, propounds a prototypical dwelling/city of the future.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
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Pedro Wolf · May 25, 2015

hi , anyone have the cad file o 3d model ?

mitch · April 22, 2013

would just like to know, which direction does this house face? North east? or South west?

zero · March 29, 2013

If we can fly, this project could be lovely one....but....

Steve Chen · March 01, 2013

With so many large large windows...wouldn't it get a bit hot??

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Edward Burkhead · December 07, 2011

This is the most interesting project I've seen on this site all year, I think. This house is pure poetry, the kind of raw weirdness that made Eisenman so polemically infamous in his younger days. This house is like a whole different universe. That image of the man stepping down the single step across the concrete wall dividing those is magical, as is the man reading in that room surrounded by windows. Unbelievable.

bLogHouse · December 07, 2011 05:52 PM

Then you should check out a similar project by the same architect - "House N". He's one of the few that have the agenda to explore topological spaces.

Georg Lorenz · December 07, 2011

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Dam ha Khanh · December 07, 2011

i dont think its a good design, maybe it has
new concept but....

Mark Gardner · December 07, 2011

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