the world's most visited architecture website

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects


Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.


Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »


All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.


Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Installations & Structures
  4. Japan
  5. Sou Fujimoto Architects
  6. 2006
  7. Final Wooden House / Sou Fujimoto Architects

Final Wooden House / Sou Fujimoto Architects

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

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Project Team

    Hiroshi Kato
  • Structural Consultant

    Jun Sato Structural Engineers
  • Lighting

    Hirohito Totsune
  • Contractor

    Tanakagumi Construction
  • Constructed Area

    15,13 sqm
  • Area

    893.0 m2
  • Project Year


Text description provided by the architects. 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.

View the complete gallery

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
About this office
Sou Fujimoto Architects
Cite: "Final Wooden House / Sou Fujimoto Architects" 23 Oct 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments
Read comments

最后的木屋 / 藤本壮介

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.