Japanese architecture has come a long way since the days of delicate structures made of wood and paper. In fact, a wooden concept house built in 2008 in Kumamoto, Japan may just be at the complete opposite end of the architectural spectrum.
Sou Fujimoto Architects built a concept house using the most solid wooden beams available, but they didn’t just use the beams for support, they incorporated the beams into every aspect of the design. The outcome is a very unique concept where there are no clearly defined spaces in the entire bungalow.
Floors, ceilings, walls and interior spaces all blend together in a way that can be interpreted differently by every user and reinterpreted at various angles. What may merely be ceiling in one area can be used as floor, stairs, chair or work tables from another vantage point.
The structure is a bunch of beams stacked in various directions, somewhat haphazardly, creating a random series of spaces and negative spaces. Not only did this method create a unique interior, but it simultaneously created voids in the exterior of the structure, providing for natural sunlight to infiltrate the bungalow from the sides and top.
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