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Wood, Cabin, Box, Cube

Project timeline

2007 – 2008


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The Jenga House

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Final Wooden House Change this

Kamamura, Japan
by Sou Fujimoto Change this
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This bungalow designed by Sou Fujimoto is an extremely new approach to the definition of living space.


Lumber is extremely versatile. In an ordinary wooden architecture, lumber is effectively differentiated according to functions in various localities precisely because it is so versatile. Columns, beams, foundations, exterior walls, interior walls, ceilings, floorings, insulations, furnishings, stairs, window frames, meaning all.

However, Sou Fujimoto thought if lumber is indeed so versatile then why not create architecture by one rule that fulfills all of these functions. Architect envisioned the creation of new spatiality that preserves primitive conditions of a harmonious entity before various functions and roles differentiated.

The House's design

There are no separations of floor, wall, and ceiling here. A place that one thought was a floor becomes a chair, a ceiling, a wall from various positions. The floor levels are relative and spatiality is perceived differently according to one’s position. Here, people are distributed three-dimensionally in the space. This is a place like an amorphous landscape with a new experience of various senses of distances. Inhabitants discover, rather than being prescribed, various functionalities in these convolutions.

This bungalow no longer fits the category of wooden architecture. If wooden architecture is merely something made from wood, then wood itself surpasses the architectural procedures to directly become a “place where people live” in this bungalow. It is of an existence akin to primitive conditions before architecture. Rather than just a new architecture, this is a new origin, a new existence.



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