Final Wooden House by Sou Fujimoto

Final Wooden House by Sou Fujimoto

This is one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen. It is the “Final Wooden House” by Sou Fujimoto, 2008, in Kamamura village in the south of Kyushu. It has just won Best Private Home award in the Wallpaper Design Awards 2009 and is probably on every design blog this week. More photos below, from Flickr, DesignBoom and ArchDaily. Fujimoto’s idea was to build a small, primitive bunglow that would highlight the versatility of lumber, both as structural material and as interior design. All of the uses of wood in traditional architecture are here. The house is entirely constructed of 14″ square cedar lumber with the exception of the angled windows. Many people have said it looks like Jenga and even the interior feels like a puzzle, full of interesting wooden nooks and solids that can be used in a variety of ways, as seating, tables, or a bed. Click below for Sou Fujimoto’s own comments on the house.

Final Wooden House by Sou Fujimoto

Final Wooden House by Sou Fujimoto

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Final Wooden House by Sou Fujimoto

Sou Fujimoto quoted in ArchitectureLab:

I wanted to create an ultimate wooden architecture. I thought through this bungalow, which can be considered as a small and primitive house, it was possible to do a primitive and simultaneously new architecture. 350mm square profile cedar is piled endlessly. At the end of the process appears a prototypical place before architecture became architecture.

Wood is amazingly versatile. Due to its versatility, wood is used in a conventional wooden architecture by intentional differentiation in various places. Not only in structures, such as columns and beams, but it can also be used in everything else from foundation, exterior wall, interior wall, ceiling, flooring, insulation, furniture, stairs to window frames. I posit that if wood is indeed multifaceted, then conversely it should be possible to create architecture that fulfills all functions by one process, and by one way of using woods. It is an inversion of versatility. From that originates, new architecture that maintains an undifferentiated condition of the harmonized whole before function and role underwent mitosis.

350mm square profile cedar has an amazing impact. It transcends what we usually call “wood” and becomes “an existence” of an entirely different material. While the dimensions adequately display its materiality as wood, 350mm squared is simultaneously the dimensionality directly corresponding to human body. Thus, three-dimensional space is created out of 350mm increments. This stepped space was a long fascination of mine for couple of years as its defining characteristics are the generation of a sort of spatial relativity and a new sense of various distances unachievable by coplanar floors.

There are no categorization of floors, walls, and ceilings here. A locality that was thought as a floor transforms into chairs, ceilings, and walls from different perspectives. Floor levels are relative and people reinterpret the spatiality according to where they are. People are three-dimensionally distributed in space and will experience new sensations of depths. Spaces are not divided but is rather produced as a chance occurrence within fusing elements. Inhabitants discover various functions within those undulations. It is a place akin to nebulous landscape. This resonates with the undifferentiated condition of above-mentioned architectonic elements. Both as a constructional methodology and experiential space, this architecture is synthesized by the fusion of various undifferentiated elements. Here, conventional rules of architecture is nullified. There is neither a plan nor a stabilizing point. This is possible purely because the wood is that versatile. Perhaps it is only possible with wood to be simultaneously the insulation and the structure, the finish and also the furniture. By being composed of the wooden blocks instead of slabs, the method of creating the undifferentiated condition was made clear.

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2 Responses to “Final Wooden House by Sou Fujimoto”

  1. Eva Says:

    Its a wonderful sculpture and a nightmare to live in. The beams endanger the head to bump into. No guud Feng Shui. A building should be serving the inhabitants and therefore be adaptable to her or his needs. Here, the human serves the building by completing the sculpture.

  2. Julie Says:

    I disagree. This building causes the human body to constantly be aware of its surroundings. This is something we should always be aware of. While living in this house a person not only learns how to better maneuver his or her body, it also helps with strengthening a persons core. I would love to live in a house like this. It would keep me on my feet. Its what every person needs in America, a house where they have to literally climb into bed.

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