Terunobu Fujimori's Soft-Hard Zinc House Opens Near Tokyo

Terunobu Fujimori's Soft-Hard Zinc House Opens Near Tokyo

A new private house designed by an exceptional Japanese architect, Terunobu Fujimori, has opened. The new building is located in a small provincial town near to Tokyo. Neighbored by typical one-family residences, the newcomer comes to the fore. Different, shiny and apparently soft metallic façade catches the visitor’s eye.

Yet the scale of the building is much smaller than one might expect. Every height, width and depth are accurately measured and left from a certain point of view spatially stingy: no waste is admissible here.

Façade finish. Image © Maria Novozhilova
Human scale house. Image © Maria Novozhilova

From the point of view of the finishing, very few materials are used here. Nailed metallic plated outside and roughly finished white plaster inside. In Fujimori’s house we find the parget (which is usually used for ceiling and walls) on the floor. Isn’t it a risky decision to put delicate white material on the floor surface?

Floor detail: roughly finished white plaster. Image © Maria Novozhilova

It is well known that the architect has a passion toward the massive wood. Therefore even in this newly finished house we find many wooden detail that brings into the house warm and cozy atmosphere.

© Maria Novozhilova

The house was built by the member of 'Jomon Kenchiku Dan', a non-professional group of constructors, composed of Fujimori’s friends, students of his lab at Kogakuin University, and his ex-students at the Univiversity of Tokyo.

Interior detail: tree trunk (left natural) as a load bearing pillar. Image © Maria Novozhilova

This article was originally published on Maria Novozhilova's site as "036. New soft-hard Zinc House by Terunobu Fujimori."


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Cite: Maria Novozhilova. "Terunobu Fujimori's Soft-Hard Zinc House Opens Near Tokyo" 11 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/504633/terunobu-fujimori-s-soft-hard-aluminum-house-opens-near-tokyo> ISSN 0719-8884

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