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Saturday, November 15, 2008

ShowCase: Final Wooden House

I think this is fascinating.
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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. image

Final Wooden House, Sou Fujimoto Architects, 2008

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Final Wooden House, Sou Fujimoto Architects, 2008

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Final Wooden House, Sou Fujimoto Architects, 2008

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. image

Final Wooden House, Sou Fujimoto Architects, 2008

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Final Wooden House, Sou Fujimoto Architects, 2008

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. image

Final Wooden House, Sou Fujimoto Architects, 2008

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Final Wooden House, Sou Fujimoto Architects, 2008

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. image

Final Wooden House, Sou Fujimoto Architects, 2008

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Final Wooden House, Sou Fujimoto Architects, 2008

I think this bungalow ceases to be within the domain of wooden architecture. If architecture made from wood is to be considered wooden architecture, then this bungalow is the wood itself that transcends the architectural convention to directly become a place for humans. It is of primordial existence before architecture. That is to say, rather than new architecture, it seeks new conception, a new existence.

imageSou Fujimoto Qualifications First Class Licensed Architect Education University of Tokyo, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Architecture (Bachelor), 1990 - 1994 Experience Sou Fujimoto Architects, Tokyo, 2000 (established) - Present Awards 2008 Japanese Institute of Architecture Grand Prize (Childrens Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation), 2008 2007 KENNETH F. BROWN ARCHITECTURE DESIGN AWARD Honorable Mention (Childrens Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation), 2007 AR Awards 2006 Grand Prize (Childrens Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation), 2006 AR Awards 2006 Highly Commended (7/2 house), 2006 Gold Prize in House Competition by Tokyo Society of Architects and Building Engineers, 2006 "1st Prize" in Wooden House Competition in Kumamoto, 2005 AR Awards 2005 Highly Commended (Dormitory for Mentally Disabled in Date), 2005 AR Awards 2005 Honourable Mention (T house), 2005 JIA New Face Award 2004, 2004 "1st Prize" in International Design Competition for the Environment Art Forum for Annaka, 2003 Winning "SD Review 2003", 2003 "Honorable Mention" in Design Competition for the Ora Town Hall, 2002 Winning "SD Review 2002 SD Prize", 2002 Winning "SD Review 2001", 2001 Winning "SD Review 2000 Maki Prize", 2000 "2nd Prize in Design Competition for the Aomori Art Museum, 2000 Winning "SD Review 1997 SD Prize", 1997 Winning "SD Review 1995", 1995 Teaching Career Kyoto University, Lecturer, 2007 - Present Tokyo University, Lecturer, 2004 Showa Women's University, Lecturer, 2004 - Present Tokyo University of Science, Lecturer, 2001 - Present Talks and Lectures RIBA London (2 2007); AR Emerging Architecture Talks: Treatment Center for Mentally Disturbed Children & 7/2 House London Metropolitan University (2 2007); Lecture: Between Nature and Artifact, Formless Form & Local Relations MIT (11 2006); Architecture or Revolution series: Formless Form Tokyo Opera City (11 2006); Toyo Ito, The New `Real` in Architecture series: Sou Fujimoto, Toyo Ito and Kazuhiro Kojima in Conversation Romania Architecture Biennial (11 2006); Xtreme East, Contemporary architecture from Japan Conference: Sou Fujimoto New Projects Takenaka Design Exhibition 2006 Osaka (8 2006); Invited Speaker Kaoshun, Taiwan (5 2006); Symposium with Taiwanese architects



1 comment:

hausrubner said...

Really great concept and creativity.

Really impressed with the style - wood block to build home.

We are also in wood home making & block haus construction.