Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Final Wooden House.

Playing Jenga as a kid was one of my favourite pastimes. I loved architecture as a lass. Jenga often made me liken them to building blocks and pulling a block one by one, made the tower look like as though it had windows. Over the next few days, I am going to present to you some of the most lovely architecture inspired by stacking blocks. The Final Wooden House is the first to be featured. I think it is so raw, natural and yet well devised. 

The intense design concept of Sou Fujimoto’s Final Wooden House in Kumamura belies its functionality. Using monumental blocks of timber, Fujimoto has ‘stacked up’ the walls, floor and roof, creating a series of interlocking, multi-level living spaces, a puzzle-like interior with 45-degree angled windows to bring the outside in.

Blurring the lines between what is a floor and what is a ceiling, the Jenga-like structure of the house allows its occupiers to decide how to use the space according to their position. Comprised completely of wood, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto wanted to express the versatility of lumber by creating one structure that embodies all of the typical functions normally carried out by wood in traditional architecture. The end result is a "bungalow" that redefines form and function of architectural space.

The House and its View.

Inside the House.

The House at Night.

Building the model of the House.

This is how he does his calculation of how the blocks are to be placed.

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