Eccentric Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori loves to play with perception in his imaginative structures. An architectural historian at Tokyo University, the designer is famous for his efforts to break with tradition. And he has done just that with his most recent project. Located in a small town near Tokyo and standing out a mile in a regular suburban street, at first glance this shining silver house looks like it's been clad in soft foil insulation sheets. Thanks to Architect Maria Novozhilova we were able to take a closer look at the apparently soft facade and pared back self built interior.
Trademark Fujimori charred cedar wood beams form the structure inside. The architect works with a group of volunteers made up of friends and students called the Jomon Company, named after the Neolithic period of Japanese history, to work on construction; the basic tools they use give Fujimori’s interiors a hand crafted feel. The plasterwork is left pale and rough, with the appearance of gentle waves that add a warm human feel inside the spacious exterior capsule. The precarious overhanging second storey echoes former projects such his charred cedar dwelling and stilt supported tea houses.
The juxtaposition between striking light hearted Zinc metal cladding and delicate natural building materials speaks of both technological aspiration and a longing to return to a simpler life. Charming scroll-like window blinds in a rough open weave fabric tuck simply into hooks at the top. The large exposed wooden beams and natural wood floor provide a comfortable setting for traditional furniture, painting and pottery. Although he says he does not set out to create eco designs or green buildings, by avoiding the use of overcomplicated technology, Fujimori has once again created a unique dwelling that is environmentally sensitive and boasts a small energy footprint.
Image Copyright Maria Novozhilova