Photo: Iwan Baan
Designed for a young couple in a quiet Tokyo neighborhood, the 914 square-foot transparent house contrasts the typical concrete block walls seen in most of Japan’s dense residential areas. Associated with the concept of living within a tree, the spacious interior is comprised of 21 individual floor plates, all situated at various heights, that satisfy the clients desire to live as nomads within their own home.
Sou Fujimoto states, “The intriguing point of a tree is that these places are not hermetically isolated but are connected to one another in its unique relativity. To hear one’s voice from across and above, hopping over to another branch, a discussion taking place across branches by members from separate branches. These are some of the moments of richness encountered through such spatially dense living.”
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School of Economics O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
A new student center that expresses the various uses it houses with a dynamic geometry. This fusion building houses a venue, pub, learning café, media, prayer, offices, gym, careers, dance studio and social spaces organized in irregular plates unique to each function. Clad with brick, a material meant to anchor it to its physical context within London, as folded planes of masonry, transparent and fluid.