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House NA by Sou Fujimoto Architects

House NA designed by Sou Fujimoto architects. Photo: Sou Fujimoto architects

The new building by Sou Fujimoto Architects might just test the owners’ need for privacy - the House NA.The Tokyo-based studio Sou Fujimoto Architects completed the House NA located in a residential district of Tokyo, Japan: A three story single-family home that is similar in form to a stacked pile of glass boxes of different sizes. The internal areas are set at different elevations.

The House NA appears as a stacked pile of boxes of different sizes. Design by Sou Fujimoto architects. Photo: Sou Fujimoto architects

Ladder stairs connect the small rooms within each of these different elevations and allow a free movement through the building. Most of the façade is made of glass and since also only few of the interior walls are solid, the view within the building, from one elevation to another, as well as to the outside is almost unobstructed. For privacy and separation in the nighttime, curtains become temporary partitions.

Within House NA the view is unobstructed by walls and can fall from one elevation to the next . Design by Sou Fujimoto architects. Photo: Sou Fujimoto architects

The different elevations and spaces of the House NA are connected by ladders. Design by Sou Fujimoto architects. Photo: Sou Fujimoto architects

Sou Fujimoto explains, “In one way the house is like a single space, but each room is also a tiny space of its own. The clients said they wanted to live like nomads within the house – they didn’t have specific plans for each room. The house looks radical but for the clients it seemed quite natural.”

A model of the House NA designed by Sou Fujimoto architects is on display at the exhibition at the MOT. Photo: Sou Fujimoto architects

Until November 29, a 1-5 model of House NA Sou Fujimoto Architects, is on display at the exhibition “Architectural Environments for Tomorrow – New Spatial Practices for Tomorrow” at the MOT - Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan.

More information on the exhibition:

www.mot-art-museum.jp

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