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House NA, Sou Fujimoto, Tokyo, Sou Fujimoto Architects, Japan,

What makes House NA so unique is that it doesn’t contain rooms in the same way that most typical homes do; instead, it has 21 different “floor plates” of varying sizes that flow into each other. Fujimoto likens the house to a tree, with the 21 different spaces acting like high and low branches on which people can perch. “The intriguing point of a tree is that these places are not hermetically isolated but are connected to one another in its unique relativity,” he writes.

In contrast to the concrete block or wood walls found in a typical home, House NA, which is made almost entirely of glass, appears light and airy. With all of that glass, the house doesn’t naturally afford much in the way of privacy, but curtains can be installed, both as a partition between rooms, and to provide privacy. Some of the spaces in the 914 square-foot home are heated, while others are not. The three-story house also features several balconies without safety rails, enhancing the minimalist aesthetic.

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