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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

House H in Tokyo, Japan by Sou Fujimoto Architects

 
January 17th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Sou Fujimoto ArchitectsHouse

A dwelling for a family of three located in a residential district in Tokyo.

To live in a multi-storey dwelling in a dense metropolis like Tokyo is somehow similar to living in a large tree. Within a large tree, there exists few large branches, of which endows numerous qualities; -pleasant places to sit, sleep, and present places for discourse. While these branches are individual places under protection, they are simultaneously equipped with mutual relationships that allow one to sense the presence of one another across each branch.  A network of relationships interwoven across many places throughout the branches. A proposal for a landscape where the duality of opposites; individuality and holistic co-exist through relationship.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Iwan Baan)

  • Architect: Sou Fujimoto Architects
  • Project title: House H
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Design year: from 2006 to 2008
  • Construction year: from 2008 to 2009
  • Principal in charge: Sou Fujimoto
  • Photography: Iwan Baan
  • Software used: Vectorworks for the drawings

Interior View (Images Courtesy Iwan Baan)

  • Project team: Hiroshi Kato
  • Consultants:
    • Structural engineer: Jun Sato Struvtural Engineering
    • Lighting director: Sirius Lighting office Hirohito Totsune
  • General contractor: HEISEI construction co ltd
  • Program: Private house
  • Structural system: Rail forced concrete
  • Major materials: Concrete
  • Site area: 72.28m2
  • Building area: 50.52m2
  • Total floor area: 124.87m2

 

Interior View (Images Courtesy Iwan Baan)

The character of this residence is that it is covered / riddled by holes. The walls, ceilings, and the floors are blatantly punctured and are interlocked three-dimensionally. Through these apertures, one is able to see and feel through to the spaces adjacent, above and below oneself, and furthermore, beyond what is clearly defined.

Through these apertures, staircases of varying angles are affixed, suggesting the access within this geometric tree. The rich spatiality conceived here consists of both an imaginative three-dimensionality of an Escher image, or, an otherness imagined in a scenery of people of the future beginning to inhabit a majestic ruin.

Using artificial materials and geometric order, the succession of voids in connectivity engenders a greater field of relationships. This concept of a residence akin to a large tree, with a tree-like ambiguity in its connectivity with the exterior, propounds a prototypical dwelling/city of the future.

 

Interior View (Images Courtesy Iwan Baan)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Iwan Baan)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Iwan Baan)

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