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Final Wooden House / Sou Fujimoto

  • 01:00 - 23 October, 2008
Final Wooden House / Sou Fujimoto
Final Wooden House / Sou Fujimoto

Final Wooden House / Sou Fujimoto Final Wooden House / Sou Fujimoto Final Wooden House / Sou Fujimoto Final Wooden House / Sou Fujimoto +28

  • Location

    Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects

    Sou Fujimoto Architects
  • Project Team

    Hiroshi Kato
  • Structural Consultant

    Jun Sato Structural Engineers
  • Lighting

    Hirohito Totsune
  • Contractor

    Tanakagumi Construction
  • Constructed Area

    15,13 sqm
  • Area

    893.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006

From the architect. I thought of making an ultimate wooden architecture. It was conceived by just mindlessly stacking 350mm square.

Lumber is extremely versatile. In an ordinary wooden architecture, lumber is effectively differentiated according to functions in various localities precisely because it is so versatile. Columns, beams, foundations, exterior walls, interior walls, ceilings, floorings, insulations, furnishings, stairs, window frames, meaning all. However, I thought if lumber is indeed so versatile then why not create architecture by one rule that fulfills all of these functions. I envisioned the creation of new spatiality that preserves primitive conditions of a harmonious entity before various functions and roles differentiated.

There are no separations of floor, wall, and ceiling here. A place that one thought was a floor becomes a chair, a ceiling, a wall from various positions. The floor levels are relative and spatiality is perceived differently according to one's position. Here, people are distributed three-dimensionally in the space. This is a place like an amorphous landscape with a new experience of various senses of distances. Inhabitants discover, rather than being prescribed, various functionalities in these convolutions.

This bungalow no longer fits the category of wooden architecture. If wooden architecture is merely something made from wood, then wood itself surpasses the architectural procedures to directly become a "place where people live" in this bungalow. It is of an existence akin to primitive conditions before architecture. Rather than just a new architecture, this is a new origin, a new existence.

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73 Comments

Birra · October 03, 2015

so much wasted wood, which takes decades to grow....
whyle one could simpi make teracotta brick from soil the traditional way

monkeys evolved to cavemen, and humans became used to rock, stone, concrete etc.

stop wasting wood for fame pls

shipspassing · July 13, 2015

'This bungalow no longer fits the category of wooden architecture. If
wooden architecture is merely something made from wood, then wood itself surpasses the architectural procedures to directly become a "place where people live" in this bungalow.' Etc., etc., etc..

Pointless, wasteful, expensive, childish throwing around of big sticks.

Olga · December 19, 2014

How many trees were cut for this project?

Best Cincinnati Roofing · July 28, 2014

Ouur kids are everything to us and it is our job to keep them safe from anything
bad that can take place. These are particularly dangerous to
deal with due to the slippery nature of icce and snow.

3) What kkind off customer guarantee does the home improvement company give.

Contractors · July 10, 2014

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Antonio · April 29, 2014

Hi Archdaily people! A few month ago I saw, here in Archdaily, a project very similar to this, but it was (I believe so) a library to the poor in Africa. I've been searching for it ever since but I can't manage to find it.. Does anyone have a clue? Many thanks

F.Alkaff · December 22, 2012

Apart from being an 'architectural' statement, I fail to see the point of this exercise. Its wasteful, uncomfortable, inefficient, and by itself not particularly attractive. One might well have stacked up some Lego bricks and that would have been a lot less wasteful. I am not an architect, so I would be curious to know what are the criteria for awards given out for projects such as these.

Bryan · October 13, 2014 07:52 PM

This is just like a model for an idea not a real residence for a person.

andhika moses AMAA · September 06, 2012

BETTER YOU LIVE IN THE CAVE..MORE NICE THAN YOU MAKE SOMETHING FROM WOOD LIKE CAVE. YOU HAVE CALCULATE WOOD VOLUME FOR THIS? KEEP GREEN BRO,

mike mallory · June 22, 2012

Super creative (and super expensive relative to actual functionality) | http://t.co/ddxPVau8

Shawn Bailey · June 07, 2012

One of my favorite Architects! http://t.co/hbjAdTuY

Danyell UhWhy · April 18, 2012

"Inhabitants discover, rather than being prescribed, various functionalities in these convolutions."
http://t.co/DkY3cObb

IN STUDIO arq. · April 09, 2012

Final Wooden House / Sou Fujimoto http://t.co/8Wf3lcz6

Fibra Design · March 22, 2012

Que tal seria a vida nessa casa? http://t.co/TdSdv2Hp

Ingrid Dharmawan · March 14, 2012

so she said i have to take a look at this.. http://t.co/GgeUj6op

Nicola MacLeod · March 11, 2012

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Lino Bianco & Assoc · March 01, 2012
Gabi Omar|Heba Layas · February 27, 2012

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Derek Jones · February 10, 2012

Love it - Jenga meets lego meets really big logs http://t.co/QZR2QoFo (thanks to @teegeeweegee #u101

tony garland · February 10, 2012

this link to sou fujimoto wooden house has been around for a while + has re-appeared - i do like it: http://t.co/51rr2vlJ

Jason House · February 10, 2012

This is simply wonderful | Final Wooden House by Sou Fujimoto (via: @ArchDaily) http://t.co/hnLs3WQG #architecture

Aldo De Carlo · February 10, 2012

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blahx3 · February 10, 2012

Another useless piece of junk from him - except this time it is dangerous! People really need to evaluate his work more critically.

gabrielle omar · February 10, 2012

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Arauco · February 10, 2012

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Mike · February 10, 2012

i love this guy.

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Mon González · February 10, 2012

http://t.co/PCKuMLV6 #Architecture

Johana Arias C. · February 10, 2012

Final Wooden House / Sou Fujimoto http://t.co/8zEt0LDD

Nuvem Arquitetura · February 10, 2012

http://t.co/BesMs6qa

Uma casa-instalação de blocos de madeira. Lindo... http://t.co/aAGvtC6o

jenga · January 09, 2012

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Milu · December 19, 2011

Genial http://t.co/c3PkwwS3 pero no creo que sea tan economico x los troncos usados.. ^^!

Michael Henoch · November 18, 2011
Peter Langford · November 10, 2011

@freshome, this would have to be my all time favourite Japanese wooden structure. http://t.co/h2eMlm5u

goosedesign · November 10, 2011

—diversity of spaces & views: http://t.co/wfEE7JpV—

Lada Laura Rguez · November 08, 2011

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cpg · October 31, 2011

http://t.co/relOR3fO Casita de madera

Dorna Lakayan · October 19, 2011

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mahboobeh hemmati · September 27, 2011

likeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

HaterSkater · September 21, 2011

They likes Minecraft i think

ayano_ikem · September 07, 2011

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Naeem Adam · August 30, 2011

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(???) toeiiyo ? · August 11, 2011

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NAN · July 19, 2011

http://t.co/mcEhuAu
???????????

daphne a · March 26, 2011

thanks for the plans shared, great great house

Ma maison écologique · December 29, 2010

Vous avez dit madrier ? http://www.archdaily.com/7638/...

Efren Vecchiarelli · December 17, 2010

I’d come to concur with you here. Which is not something I usually do! I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to speak my mind!

Jorge F · December 05, 2010

Sou Fujimoto, Conference Primitive Future @ ETSAM

Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/17387963

mstrpln blog: http://www.mstrpln.mx/blog/ind...

Paprika · November 09, 2010

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maria · October 24, 2010

awesome!! it's like living in a gigantic jenga tower :D

Guilherme Rebelo · October 21, 2010

casas japonesas parte 2: http://tinyurl.com/6r2kbb how cool is that?!?

keely4204 · August 08, 2010

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pana · June 04, 2010
Marta Pereira · May 23, 2010
Architecture News · April 17, 2010

RT @looksquirrels: A tiny wooden house, fascinating use of space and material: http://bit.ly/daedKw #architecture

Raquel · November 06, 2009

muy interesante , me quede pensando mientras miraba las fotos, presupuesto chico, pocos metros,
mmm esta bueno

putsuke · October 05, 2009

to many tree 'die' for this small 'house'
but.. this 'house' is cool & fun
like it

NM · July 07, 2009

perforated claustrophobia for better promise of sleep

RT · July 01, 2009

I am an architecture student, i had exactly the same design and concept for one of the projects, my professor just didn't approve it! here goes the difference being an "architect" and an "architecture student"!

Dony · June 05, 2010 02:59 AM

If you think that everything is the same, it's impossible that your teacher would disaproove it. Maybe you presented your work in really not aesthetic or diswelcome way..

Robert Edward Cooper · May 09, 2009

Absolutely fascinating, exciting, rich, fantastic Jack-o-lantern__ can't imagine roof glazing detail.

emi · March 17, 2009

I love it, totally off beat.

Mark Popkes · February 20, 2009

This awesome. Jenga, for sure. Great use of space with in the "treehouse". Would make a fun place to "get away" to read or hang out with friends.

spetrounov · January 30, 2009

can you say JENGA!

Omikey · June 05, 2010 03:05 AM

That's funny. ...all the comfort of home ouch! ...Damnit!

Robin · December 06, 2008

Hi. Interesting work and photos, especially at night. But...a little bit claustrofobic I think))Very good place in nature. I wish you a lot of inovation concepts.

Fertighaus · November 17, 2008

Hey I search google more and found the plan of house on this website. Really great that you share this plan.
Thanks

adela brahaj · November 14, 2008

this house is amazing!
I love that someone like Suo Fujimoto has really captured the true Japanese aesthetic concept of bringing nature as close to our homes as possible...

Benjamin · October 29, 2008

to gerson: "not a shelther so not a house"
-If you look closely you'll see that those openings are covered with glass, therefore it is an enclosed shelter and therefore a house...

selamawit girma · June 13, 2010 03:36 PM

a house doesnt only have to be a shelter it can be this too

Kamila · October 25, 2008

sculpture

jose david · October 25, 2008

very nice space maipulation, hope to meet you and talk about this.

JD

Guillermo Hevia García · October 25, 2008

Sou Fujimoto is probably one of the most talented and propositive architects of nowadays, we should followed Sou´s future work,

Congratulations for the WAF award!

T-bone · October 24, 2008

Would benefit from some cushions...

rickArrowood · October 24, 2008

gorgeous exterior, however, the interior's reminiscence of cave like dwelling looks to be a hard hat environment...conceptual and uninviting but nonetheless sensual and beautiful.

gerson · October 24, 2008

nice "concept" house, but:
not a shelther so not a house
a lot of wasted material, energy and non-sustainability.
it's a curious one design, local and nothing more
with a lot of aesthetics, artitic qualities
with regards
gerson

Goya Tamara · October 24, 2008

Nice concept...this dude is cool.

Gaston · October 28, 2009 11:13 AM

It can be very beautiful, innovative but quite uninhabitable. Have not thought about the danger of blows to the head and other body parts?

Ethel Baraona Pohl · October 24, 2008

Recien estoy llegando del World Architecture Festival y les comento que la casa de Sou Fujimoto ganó el premio en la categoría de "Housing Projects".

Pueden ver los otros ganadores aca:
http://www.worldarchitecturefe...

Saludos

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