House Na by Sou Fujimoto
Sou Fujimoto Architects designed an innovative Tokyo house that resembles scaffolding rather than a traditional dwelling. Its three floors spread on multiple levels, which relates to the concept of a tree structure. The house, composed of 21 individual floor plates situated at various heights, encourages a nomadic lifestyle.
Its transparency contrasts with the typical Japanese residential landscape surrounded by concrete block walls.
Walls are almost non-existent; still, few structural dividers and flexible curtains provide sufficient level of privacy to the inhabitants
"The intriguing point of a tree is that these places are not hermetically isolated but are connected to one another in its unique relativity. To hear one’s voice from across and above, hopping over to another branch, a discussion taking place across branches by members from separate branches. These are some of the moments of richness encountered through such spatially dense living”, says Sou Fujimoto.
All the floor plates are interconnected with stairs and ladders. Each space had its unique character that can be altered when closed off from the open plan house with white curtains.
“The white steel-frame structure itself shares no resemblance to a tree. Yet the life lived and the moments experienced in this space is a contemporary adaptation of the richness once experienced by the ancient predecessors from the time when they inhabited trees. Such is an existence between city, architecture, furniture and the body, and is equally between nature and artificiality”, says Sou Fujimoto.
Photography: Iwan BaanHouse Na , Sou Fujimoto , Tokyo
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