House H / Sou Fujimoto Architects

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Tokyo, Japan
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  125
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Iwan Baan
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Dornbracht

Text description provided by the architects. 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.

House H / Sou Fujimoto Architects - Handrail, Windows
© 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.

House H / Sou Fujimoto Architects - Sink, Countertop, Windows
© 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.

House H / Sou Fujimoto Architects - Windows, Handrail
© Iwan Baan

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Cite: "House H / Sou Fujimoto Architects" 06 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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