The Fully-Transparent House in Tokyo


House NA by Sou Fujimoto Architects is one of the most unique designs the Sifter has seen. Located on a small side street in a very lively and ‘hip’ part of Tokyo, the 914 sq-ft (85 sq-m) house is made up of 21 individual ‘floor plates’ each ranging from 21-81 sq-ft (1.95 – 7.5 sq-m)
 - The extreme openness of the design was at the request of the clients, a young couple with no children
 - The structure consists of 1-inch-thick, corrugated-steel deck plates plus solid 1.4-by-2.4-inch rectangular beams and 2-inch-square columns—all assembled on-site with welded joints
 - The various levels are linked by an assortment of stairs and ladders in addition to short runs of fixed and movable wooden steps
 - The HVAC and plumbing equipment, as well as storage and lateral bracing are located in the thick, north-facing wall at the rear of the house
 - Curtains were installed to provide temporary partitions that address the concern for privacy and separation at night
 - Additional lateral bracings are located in a full-height bookshelf and lightweight concrete panels inserted into the side elevations
 - White-tinted birch flooring and stairs blend with the structure and serve as a visual transition to the chunky wood sashes and frames that outline the operable windows
 Along with the fantastic pictures by world-renowned photographer Iwan Baan below, there is also a video-walk through of this fascinating house at the bottom of the post.


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