Our concept of a conventional family home no doubt involves solid walls, static levels and a rigid sense of order. But this Tokyo home calls all of that into question with a radically different idea of a single-family dwelling.
Rather than resembling one large box with interior segmenting walls, the House NA from Sou Fujimoto architects is composed of glass boxes stacked at varying elevations.
On a tiny building lot in a crowded residential area of Tokyo, the architects were able to create a home with enough space for a busy family and even their car.
Inside, the platform of each level is connected by a series of stairs and small ladders. Using the unique staggered configuration, the architects were able to make the most of a small building site.
Each elevation, each platform, is dedicated to a different function. Work space, relaxing space, eating space, storage space – aside from a lack of places to hide embarrassing messes, the House NA functions much like a conventional house.
The lack of interior and exterior walls gives the home an almost dreamlike quality, removing those physical and visual barriers that break up the landscape of a city.
For those concerned with privacy: yes, there are interior curtains to provide some measure of temporary privacy. But imagine how breathtaking it would be to leave them open and drink in every spectacular sunrise through the glass exterior.