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House N / Sou Fujimoto

  • 01:00 - 14 September, 2011
House N / Sou Fujimoto
House  N / Sou Fujimoto

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  • Location

    Oita, Oita Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects

    Sou Fujimoto Architects
  • Project Team

    Yumiko Nogiri
  • Structural Consultant

    Jun Sato Structural Engineers
  • Area

    150.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. A home for two plus a dog. The house itself is comprised of three shells of progressive size nested inside one another. The outermost shell covers the entire premises, creating a covered, semi-indoor garden. Second shell encloses a limited space inside the covered outdoor space. Third shell creates a smaller interior space. Residents build their life inside this gradation of domain.

I have always had doubts about streets and houses being separated by a single wall, and wondered that a gradation of rich domain accompanied by various senses of distance between streets and houses might be a possibility, such as: a place inside the house that is fairly near the street; a place that is a bit far from the street, and a place far off the street, in secure privacy.

That is why life in this house resembles to living among the clouds. A distinct boundary is nowhere to be found, except for a gradual change in the domain. One might say that an ideal architecture is an outdoor space that feels like the indoors and an indoor space that feels like the outdoors. In a nested structure, the inside is invariably the outside, and vice versa. My intention was to make an architecture that is not about space nor about form, but simply about expressing the riches of what are `between` houses and streets.

Three nested shells eventually mean infinite nesting because the whole world is made up of infinite nesting. And here are only three of them that are given barely visible shape. I imagined that the city and the house are no different from one another in the essence, but are just different approaches to a continuum of a single subject, or different expressions of the same thing- an undulation of a primordial space where humans dwell. 

This is a presentation of an ultimate house in which everything from the origins of the world to a specific house is conceived together under a single method.

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John · December 09, 2015

I never ever found all the elevations of all the façades :'(

Savchyn archytect · July 27, 2015

USSR 1970

msrzd · September 10, 2014

how can i get the blueprints of this beautiful house?

kim · August 31, 2014

this house is just simply beautiful itself , still I wonder a bit on how the occupy manage to deal with snow n rain ? is the skylight 'd better have glass on it cause I think it would be more practical to dwell in such wonderful place. And in my oppinion , a coffee shop would do great in such design

James · August 31, 2014

Interesting idea...not sure about how practical/sustainable this is. Seems like a lot of material required to create these spaces, which must then be regularly cleaned /painted to maintain the pristine appearance.

Stephany · October 04, 2013

Tremendous issues here. I'm very glad to peer your post.
Thank you a lot and I'm having a look ahead to touch you.
Will you please drop me a mail?

Rage · June 06, 2013

Je n'aime pas.

Kira Minaeff · August 29, 2012

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Yiannis Ioannides · August 28, 2012

A house with no doors and windows. Only in Japan. (and easily Scandinavia.) |

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Locura de casa:

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Çok minimalist hareketler bunlar. Tasar?m huzur kokuyor azizim. Allah&#39?n? seven üstüme böyle bir "ev" ats?n.

Diego ChV · February 20, 2012

This project is not in the list of houses in the nominations' site. Why???

Chris Carlton · February 20, 2012 10:07 AM

Probably because it's years old and has been published around quite a bit before.

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Sam · January 15, 2012

I really enjoy this project, especially Mr Fujimoto's perception of spaces - physically, metaphorically and theoretically.

Shadi Ossaili · December 19, 2011

very nice

Georg Lorenz · December 07, 2011

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Seph · November 29, 2011

Great work!But as a lazy man,I will not live in this house.....must take a long time to clean it every week...

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Jonathon Moreels · September 21, 2011

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bong · September 16, 2011

buildings in a building! wow, very unique idea!!

Nicolò Ondelli · September 16, 2011

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h · September 15, 2011

i like the basic concept, and it looks great in photographs, but the house doesnt seem to deal with the issues of housing typology such as soundproofing (and smell. from the kitchen) between the rooms, the bedroom area looks temporary at best.

Is it really just for 1 couple/single with no children who only eat salads and other foods which do not need to be cooked?
Seems more suitable for an art gallery.

Boustany Nicolas · June 26, 2016 04:59 PM

I like your remarks but i think such a house's concept is based upon client's vision and way of life. I prefer the idea of each house having its own special thing without taking in consideration the basics as in cooking and raining... Such a house is thousand times more interesting and fun than the casual ones don't you think ?

chloé guyot · September 15, 2011

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wely sinaga · September 15, 2011

new paradigm.. bravo

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Pepeng · September 15, 2011

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emre · September 15, 2011

this house has an apparent privacy problem. it is not like an house but a lounge of somewhere..

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D Balcom · September 14, 2011

I would really like to see the MEP Schematics for this house. I see where the people work and relax, and I like it, but I'm having an issue seeing how they actually live in the home.

runli guo · September 06, 2011

it's a interesting and comfortble house it's full of sunlight and green feeling

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edou777 · August 25, 2011

Japanese are the best nowadays

HN Firehose · July 25, 2011

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Early · July 03, 2011
Ignacio Arciniegas · June 28, 2011

linda vivienda

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mahnaz · April 13, 2011

i love nature and i wish like this home ,integrated with nature how much possible...
thank you sou fujimoto for your vision.....

Anke R. · April 11, 2011

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Michal Decker · April 10, 2011

tak tahle krása by u nás posatvit nešla...

Indri Aldwiati, ST · March 11, 2011

klo di indo ada rumah kayak gini maling dah ngincer banget nih -___-

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Salwat/ I of K.I.P. · October 05, 2010

Don&#39t know how they live there but it&#39s well thinked

nogz · September 14, 2010

Quite nice, I only hope that the originality and novelty of the effects Mr. Fujimoto is generating are not lost in a discussion berating the Japanese for employing a certain shared language or in a comparison with SANAA that uses terms like "first" or "better". Architecture is a lingual art and Mr. Fujimoto certainly speaks in interesting phrases.

ltd · September 14, 2010

@F: It does look like the AD logo!
@Contemporary Art: I absolutely agree. It's buildings like this that make architecture so invigorating. And you're right, there is something magical about the building. It's what Hieu said: the blending of the exterior and interior space: seamless.

YILUN ZHANG · September 08, 2010

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wenjun · December 02, 2009

well, it's very cool... maybe too cool to be a 'home'
for me, i feel dying in that kind of cleanness and simplicity...

valentina · October 24, 2009

half indoor or half outdoor spaces,it depends on the point of view, on the gradient of natural light,a theme very well explained by this elegant house.i would also like to live in!

Ling Tiong · October 10, 2009

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mathias · July 09, 2009

very sejima + nishizawa, but very nice

janusa · July 03, 2009

Hvala za House N. Zgradila jo bom z možem v Trbovljah, Slovenia, Evropa.
Thank you for House N. I will build it with my husband in Trbovlje, Slovenia, Europe.

liminaire · June 02, 2009

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Tomas · March 18, 2009

This is realy nice building. I like white color which is very modernistic and spaces are open. this is white box but have it's history;)

Gzentoperg · March 07, 2009

Good for paintball, but why it's called "house"?

Hieu · March 03, 2009

it´s great. I´m looking for something like this: the relation between exterior and interior space. We always design the natural outside of the house, but why can´t we do it like that: creating the natural inside the house and the owner can do anything they want.

Gracias por esta forma de imaginacion.

Alexandre · February 28, 2009


guest · February 16, 2009

COOL!!! i love his designs... so creative..

Bimbamboum. · December 23, 2008

Very nice on photos. Not so sure the house is that great once the sun and wide angle are gone.
That's an ideal house, not one to live in.

Contemporary Art · December 17, 2008

I think about this house almost every day, and have since I first saw it. I know every image by heart I think. There is something magic in these images, if not the house itself. To have such a clear domestic life, the owners must feel empowered to do anything. It seems like if I had such a home, I could take on the world knowing I'd have it to come home to. Truly beautiful.

Felicity Brouwers · December 05, 2008

This reminds me of the anti dwelling box by kiko mozuna. nice!

w · December 02, 2008

Very private - id run around naked there

najme · December 02, 2008

thats fantastic

zanzi · November 28, 2008

this is super duper fantastic.simple,clear.great light.

Larry · November 28, 2008

Inspiring. I want to pour cheetos and PBR on the walls and lick them. Maybe destroy the minimalism through an artistic endeavor.

didot · November 12, 2008

amazing! such a great inovation! haha.. but... how about rain? thru from the holes..

Ruben · October 23, 2008

That's a house ..!
Very nice ..!

ann · October 20, 2008

idea-space within space is fine..but external look..similar with sejima SNA

Matías · October 17, 2008

Hace unos meses participe de una conferencia de este arquitecto y fue súper inspiradora.

Tiene una obra muy interesante

silivan · October 17, 2008

i think that white is most fit for the house can be puted in evidence easily

silivan · October 17, 2008

I am an architecture student, and like these designs very much

br · October 16, 2008

amazing house!
but i have a question that from the photos it seems there are no glass for the window, how the designer solve the safty problem? is it really someone live inside?

mvb · September 15, 2011 08:26 AM

In Japan nobody is worried about robberies or criminality. You can forget your laptop/iphone... in a public place, that you would still find it in the same place. A kind of society where good architecture may be possible.

Natalie · October 16, 2008

agree,simple and creative.It seems this idea has many possibilities to futher design.

bavava · October 16, 2008 nice its . but for me if it s my home i prefert grey colour .not so easy for dirty .

Grzegorz Woronowicz · October 16, 2008

I'm delighted by this genius idea. It's so simple and seems to really work out. I'm just curious how they managed to convince the local authorities to get a building permission for this form in that area ;)
Grzegorz Woronowicz

F · October 15, 2008

this looks like the arch-daily logo ... ;)

Musser · October 15, 2008


Peter · October 15, 2008

I think this is a very very good and inspiring idea. I'm not entirely convinced by the color choice (it is very white), but I'm sold on the inside/outside idea.

Valerie · November 02, 2011 08:53 PM

I think the white was imperative as it would detract from the emphasis on the spaces by adding colour into the mix - it would just be too much and not as understated

M · October 15, 2008

this guys are just amazing!!!!!!!!!!!


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