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House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects

  • 00:00 - 30 April, 2012
House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects
House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +12

From the architect. You may remember Sou Fujimoto Architects radical House NA from this video we shared with you last November. Designed for a young couple in a quiet Tokyo neighborhood, the 914 square-foot transparent house contrasts the typical concrete block walls seen in most of Japan’s dense residential areas. Associated with the concept of living within a tree, the spacious interior is comprised of 21 individual floor plates, all situated at various heights, that satisfy the clients desire to live as nomads within their own home.

plan 01
plan 01

Continue after the break for more images and information on House NA.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Described as “a unity of separation and coherence”, the house acts as both a single room and a collection of rooms. The loosely defined program and the individual floor plates create a setting for a range of activities that can take place at different scales. The house provides spaces of intimacy if two individuals choose to be close, while also accommodating for a group of guests by distributing people across the house.

Sou Fujimoto states, “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.”

elevation 01
elevation 01

Ranging in size from 21 to 81 square-feet, each floor plate is linked by a variety of stairs and ladders, including short runs of fixed and movable steps. Stratifying floor plates in a furniture-like scale allows the structure to serve many types of functions, such as providing for circulation, seating and workings spaces.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The short-spans allow for the thinness of the white steel frame. Complemented by the thin white-tinted birch flooring, many wonder where the utilities are hidden. Some floor plates are equipped with in-floor heating to help during the winter months, while strategically placed fenestration maximizes air flow and provides the only source of ventilation and cooling during summer.

diagram 01
diagram 01

The HVAC and plumbing equipment, as well as storage and lateral bracing are located in the thick, north-facing wall at the rear of the house. Additional lateral bracing is provided by a full-height bookshelf and lightweight concrete panels integrated within the side elevations.

Additionally, curtains were installed to provide temporary partitions that address the concern for privacy and separation.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Sou Fujimoto states, “The white steel-frame structure itself shares no resemblance to a tree. Yet the life lived and the moments experienced in this space is a contemporary adaptation of the richness once experienced by the ancient predecessors from the time when they inhabited trees. Such is an existence between city, architecture, furniture and the body, and is equally between nature and artificiality.”

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Follow this link to view more images of House NA!

Cite: "House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects" 30 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/230533/house-na-sou-fujimoto-architects/>
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92 Comments

李芳瑜 · May 21, 2016

Does anyone know how the structure system work?
I am very curious about the shear forces of the vertical members.
Please tell me, thank you very much.

Reynold · May 09, 2016

Thought-provoking when catching Fujimoto's concept on THE TREE and THE FOREST.

P · October 21, 2013

where are the pipes?

soul · October 24, 2014 06:29 PM

The HVAC and plumbing equipment, as well as storage and lateral bracing are located in the thick, north-facing wall at the rear of the house.

ss · April 18, 2013

where can I find pictures with curtains?

zero · March 29, 2013

I like this project beacuse. cevety moment one can make new kind of relations between room to room, room to out side, people to people. but sometimes people want to palce himself in a enclosed space, separted from the others.. other rooms and out side of rooms. I think..

zero · March 29, 2013

I like this project beacuse. cevety moment one can make new kind of relations between room to room, room to out side, people to people. but sometimes people want to palce himself in a enclosed space, separted from the others.. other rooms and out side of rooms...I think..

TaO · October 19, 2012

what is life, what is privacy, what is a house.
this could be an answer for Sou, being primitive.
i respect his challenges.

sancoLgates · November 12, 2014 03:17 AM

i'd love to hear your opinions!

jennifer · September 26, 2012

anyone know the location of this house? address?

Emma Bryant · August 07, 2012
Andrew A. Shenouda · July 18, 2012

#Sou_Fujimoto One of my favorite #Architects http://t.co/J2zewduP #Archdaily

urban edition arch · July 18, 2012

every architecture student&#39s dream: House NA by Sou Fujimoto Architects http://t.co/81S9nSRn via @archdaily

beyond-architects · July 12, 2012

House NA | Sou Fujimoto Architects | 2010

http://t.co/NycJvlAT http://t.co/dqvpGdO1

Marie-Michèle Sioui · July 08, 2012

À défaut d&#39avoir obtenu les droits des photos, je twitte cette surprenante maison de Tokyo. http://t.co/GROOxXFb

shiftA · June 27, 2012

Superb photographs!

rustygoodwood · June 16, 2012

love this, altough probably not for nudists http://t.co/8vsosOLo via @archdaily

Sophie Ouimet · June 15, 2012

À défaut d&#39avoir obtenu les droits des photos, je twitte cette surprenante maison de Tokyo. http://t.co/GROOxXFb

William Wehbe · June 14, 2012

House NA or The #House #WithoutWalls by Sou Fujimoto: Try using the #Loos http://t.co/M0aYDMBS via @archdaily #ArchiFail

Hierofante · June 06, 2012

Você moraria em uma casa transparente? http://t.co/rDJdqiST #arquitetura #design #Hierofante

Meteor Architects · May 23, 2012

Czy zamieszkaliby?cie w domu "bez ?cian"? http://t.co/FeGf23ON

christina dy · May 23, 2012

interesting housing concept and design: http://t.co/UxBa7Y3u

takamasa noguchi · May 22, 2012

(T)?House NA? http://t.co/zs9PGfoT #iwasa_lab

Vicky Heinlein · May 19, 2012

(My dream work space!) House NA | By ???? Sou Fujimoto Architects | ArchDaily http://t.co/QJ7ny1mg @archdaily #architecture #design

santiago · May 18, 2012

Hi guys! Does anyone knows how to get to the exact location of the house? im a architecture student and Ill be in Tokyo for a week... i would love to take a look of the house!
Thanks!!

Nate · June 04, 2016 09:51 PM

the house is in the 55 block in the Suginami neighborhood of Tokyo near the Chosenji Buddhist Temple several blocks southwest of the Koenji station on the Chuo main line

jen · September 26, 2012 03:02 AM

Did you ever figure out the exact location? if so, please tell!!!

Malachie Z · May 18, 2012

It's pretentious. It's 1 to 1 scale model for taking pictures,creating controversy and then making names, rather than creating a living space with sense of responsibility.

I'm curious if the architect himself would like to live in this house for some time.

Tom Peeters · May 18, 2012 11:26 AM

Sou stated he could not live in this house. But if this is what the clients wanted, then what is the problem?

Maricarmen Staggs · May 16, 2012

Modern + transparent house in Tokyo. I can&#39t help but love the "living as nomads within their own home" idea. http://t.co/kDB336wu

Alan Arqueza · May 14, 2012

The concept and design is excellent for a modern tea house (??) in Tokyo to meet new friends for conversation at sunrise. Imagine a tea ceremony there.

Reinoud · May 12, 2012

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CNNetwork · May 12, 2012

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ABBARCH Architecture · May 12, 2012

Living in a world of transparancy - new meaning to glass bubble - instead glass box. #architecture in Tokyo no less http://t.co/i8y7eJn6

Karissa Rosenfield · May 11, 2012

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Karissa Rosenfield · May 11, 2012

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H · May 10, 2012

Where the hell are they supposed to F**k?

Tom Peeters · May 18, 2012 11:27 AM

there are curtains everywhere,...

Dan · May 10, 2012 05:10 PM

...probably in their 2CV ;-)

ACTUAb//arquitectura · May 10, 2012

#exterior
http://t.co/Ud5H5bRd
House NA, Sou Fujimoto.

?????? · May 09, 2012

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Runa workshop · May 09, 2012
SimpliciKey · May 08, 2012

This Japanese residence really blurs the line between indoor/outdoor. Could you live in a glass house? http://t.co/3YguYaxn (via @archdaily)

Gumuzio&PRADA · May 08, 2012

Dicho en otras ocasiones: original ejercicio teórico bien ejecutado.Nula utilidad práctica salvo para exhibicionistas http://t.co/lQDQiecV

Common sense · May 08, 2012

I also don't see much for resisting any lateral forces.

Common sense · May 08, 2012

This house looks idiotic from an energy point of view.

Are the glazing units insulated? Is there a low-e coating on the glass? Any shading devices? Any insulation on the on the roof?...

This concept is headed to be a greenhouse in summer and a freezer in winter.

nyin · November 09, 2013 01:32 PM

hmmm.... im no good in understanding this, since im still a student, maybe becoz the climate there is different? i dunno.... but ive read somewhere that the client loves this so much. even the architect itself says that he himself dont like that kind of open private.......

Maria Camille Credo · May 08, 2012

House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects | ArchDaily, with a concept of living within a tree. check it out! http://t.co/H1cYcb2R via @archdaily

Zifeng Guo · May 08, 2012

I love this thing!

but

you live in it

you deal with the visitor problem

jp_lalonde · May 07, 2012

House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects | ArchDaily #architecture http://t.co/CKZPMj15 via @archdaily

?Caven Cade Mitchell · May 06, 2012

Transparent House in Tokyo, Japan http://t.co/fLwSDzMg

Mike Urbonas · May 06, 2012

Transparency: You&#39re doing it wrong :-) http://t.co/kHzjsgYq

Bob Bonner · May 06, 2012

in theory this is pretty cool...but do your neighbors really want to watch you take a dump? http://t.co/NbiAD6MQ

IAF · May 05, 2012

the most beautiful climbing frame....@soufujimoto http://t.co/HawixavI check out the video http://t.co/8WoKumBF

Power Career · May 05, 2012

RT @ArchDaily: http://t.co/HN9NZaQX This "radical house" is radically cool. More @ http://t.co/3rAlGf6U

Basílico Inc. · May 04, 2012

O icônico tema "Casa de vidro" sob olhar japonês:
http://t.co/MGlpNzWW

fotokunst66.de · May 03, 2012

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Antje pasinga.com · May 03, 2012

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Architecture World · May 03, 2012

Interesting! House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects http://t.co/zgukUdba

to_On !! · May 03, 2012

Super Transparency House!! ????? ???????????? ????????? / Sou Fujimoto Architects | ArchDaily http://t.co/LXC4EZQz via @archdaily

John O'Reilly · May 03, 2012

transcendent japanese architecture, but would you really want to live in a #spaceframe? http://t.co/fg9JWvGY

Mathilde Charée · May 03, 2012

House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects | #ArchDaily http://t.co/N2InnENY via @archdaily #SouFujimoto

Diane Pham · May 03, 2012

SO awesome. The house with 21 individual floor plates http://t.co/des9Reoy via @archdaily

osman ghaffar · May 03, 2012

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BLAH CITY · May 03, 2012

Japan: House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects | ArchDaily http://t.co/fdFKRHmf via @archdaily

Andrew Haner · May 03, 2012

What an amazingly cool project. http://t.co/s7yamgTO

Frédérique D. · May 03, 2012

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???? Yosuke Komuro · May 03, 2012

???????????????????????????????????? House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects | ArchDaily http://t.co/hyYcfEwF @archdaily????

Antje Pasinga · May 02, 2012

wow - this is a open lifestyle

Robert Lysik · May 02, 2012

I smiled immediately when I saw this, it certainly looks like a fun place to live. Heating and cooling don't appear to have been high on the priority list, however.

Hakan Tuzun Sengun · May 02, 2012

http://t.co/ixHDc8P3 This "radical house" is radically cool. More @ http://t.co/dxKKJKyQ

IIIE · May 02, 2012

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DistanceMArch · May 02, 2012

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Lao Y · May 02, 2012

RT @ArchDaily: http://t.co/VibJThIb This "radical house" is radically cool. More @ http://t.co/usrrdHff

siempre · May 02, 2012

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Charlie Ward · May 02, 2012

House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects | http://t.co/l7VY7BoU

FELIPE MULLER · May 02, 2012

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ChiaraZ · May 02, 2012

#SouFujimotoArchitects - #HouseNA in Tokyo / living within a tree http://t.co/q1gLeeZe http://t.co/XplVLOsR

Yousif El Helw · May 02, 2012

AMAZING

California Hardwood · May 02, 2012

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Carlos · May 02, 2012

House NA, Sou Fujimoto http://t.co/tT8uBBSP

Bunker Arquitectura · May 02, 2012

RT @Esteban__Suarez: House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects | ArchDaily http://t.co/6UDlMgru via @archdaily << Interior Exteriorizado (Oximoron)

mr · May 01, 2012

come on guys, he didn't design this for people to live in.

Kenichi Wakasugi · May 01, 2012

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nr · May 01, 2012

Finally we can see the house through Iwan's beautiful pictures

Many · May 01, 2012
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Lao Y · May 01, 2012

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watabetakahiro · May 01, 2012

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Migual Aranibar · May 01, 2012

La casa transparente! House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects http://t.co/LJAOJUPa

cabe · May 01, 2012

Very intimate life

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hiba i · May 01, 2012

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sdw · May 01, 2012

Visually stunning, I know...
However, I wonder what it feels like to live in. I mean daily lives physically.... noise, hot and cold, privacy...etc.
Just curious.

stx · May 01, 2012

OMGOMGOMG! NICE!

HA · April 30, 2012

Eisenman Back again?

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