Final Wooden House, Kumamoto
Sou Fujimoto Architects 

Final Wooden House, Kumamoto

Sou Fujimoto Architects 

The final wooden house wants to take wood architecture to the limit, and to prove through it that it is possible to do primitive and new architecture simultaneously. One single element – solid cedar blocks – are piled endlessly, generating a prototypical place before architecture became architecture. Aside from creating a strong impact from the point of view of materials, the prisms shape the space through increments of 350 mm, a dimension directly corresponding to the human body. In this way a stepped territory is created, where spatial relationships that would not be possible in a conventional coplanar distribution are explored. There is no distinction between floors, walls, and ceilings. A stretch that was conceived as floor becomes a chair, wall or ceiling depending on the perspective.

Each inhabitant reinterprets space and experiments new sensations of depth depending on their location. It is like a nebulous landscape where the spaces are not divided but blended together, and the different functions occur within these undulations. Wood is at the same time insulation, structure, and furniture, so here, conventional rules of architecture are nullified, achieving a new method that creates continuous conditions... [+]  

Obra Work

Final Wooden House

Cliente Client

Kumamura Forestry Association

Arquitectos Architects

Sou Fujimoto Architects; Sou Fujimoto (encargado principal in charge); Hiroshi Kato (gestión de proyecto project manager)

Colaboradores Collaborators

Kumamoto Artpolis (organizador organiser), Toyo Ito (comisario commissioner)

Consultores Consultants

Jun Sato Structural Engineers, Sirius Lighting Office (Hirohito Totsune)

Contratista Contractor

Tanakagumi Construction Co. Ltd Civil Engineering Division

Superficie construida Building Area

15.13 m²

Superficie total Total Floor Area

22.63 m²

Estructura Structure

Madera Wooden structure

Presupuesto Budget

17,000 € (coste de la madera cost for wood); 34,000 € (coste de la construcción construction cost); 4,250 € (coste del diseño design cost)

Fotos Photos

Iwan Baan, Daici Ano