Wednesday, 2 May 2012

House NA by Sou Fujimoto Architects

House NA by Sou Fujimoto architects is a deceptively transparent and mass-less building. Supported in a light and thin steel frame, the building is heavily glazed and features a number of thin floor plates, maximising flexibility of internal functions.

With short steps leading from one plate to another, this scheme is extremely playful and open that it doesn't feel like a house but like a public jungle gym. However, you can just see the visual contrast this building has with the surrounding context, though the others also serve the same functions.

The link of this house with his sculptural piece at the V&A, 'Inside outside Tree' is extremely apparent; this building inspired by the tree form, Fujimoto says: "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.”


Photos via Archdaily by Iwan Baan. Plans and sections by Sou Fujimoto architects.

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