House in Sunami by Kazunori Fujimoto
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House in Sunami by  Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

This house with an oversailing barrel-vault roof by Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates looks across the Seto Inland Sea in Hiroshima, Japan.

House in Sunami by  Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

House in Sunami is supported on a steel frame reinforced with concrete that has been left exposed throughout.

House in Sunami by  Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

A central courtyard is lined with sliding glass doors and has a rectangular roof section removed from above to flood rooms with natural light.

House in Sunami by  Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

All photo are taken by Kazunori Fujimoto.

House in Sunami by  Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

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The site is located on the hill spreading the panoramic view of Seto Inland Sea.

House in Sunami by  Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

In this beautiful scenery, we aimed to the house filled with the air surrounding this area.

House in Sunami by  Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

To set the court with skylight at the back of the rooms, it's possible to enjoy the life opening to both of the sea and the mountain.

House in Sunami by  Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

We selected the shell construction for the roof to get the spread of space.

House in Sunami by  Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

The slab reinforcement is consist of single layer, and the thickness of the slab is 120mm.

House in Sunami by  Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

The roof is covering the whole the house no matter which '' inside'' and ''outside''.

House in Sunami by  Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

Usually, the big beam or column of concrete frame are needed to against for the thrust of the shell.

House in Sunami by  Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

But in this house, light construction and simple space is realized by arranging a steal frame with the reinforced concrete.

House in Sunami by  Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

It's free from arbitrary decision and consists of simple construction, 
but at the same time, there are rich sequence of the space and comfortable relationship between the surroundings.

House in Sunami by  Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

Location: Mihara, Hiroshima, Japan

House in Sunami by  Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

Main use: house

House in Sunami by  Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

Site area: 308m2

House in Sunami by  Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

Building area: 117.17m2

House in Sunami by  Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

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Total floor area: 115.585m2

House in Sunami by  Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

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Design term: 2009
Construction term: 2010



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  • http://www.facebook.com/liadl1 Liad Levi

    where the privace of the living people in this space?

  • atticus

    Glen Murcutt meets Tadao Ando…

  • http://riro.be osric.jylland

    A bit depressive… Not enough natural light. The concrete makes the house dark. Where is the furniture ?

    • bear

      not enough natural light? come on man…

      • osric.jylland

        I meant "The natural light is not enough inside because of the dark materials"

  • piet de jonge

    i can do without the furniture but no bathroom or toilet?

  • Greenish

    I'm not sure about the concrete finish but Iove the layout – this is somewhere I would be so happy to live!

  • Alexandra Campbell Interiors

    I usually love vasts amount of concrete, but this house just makes me feel uncomfortable.

    • http://lettuceoffice.com nico

      I completely agree. There are some gestures in this house that give it some great moments like where the two barrel vaults intersect to meet the glazing of the courtyard but there's something very odd about the quality of the space. The pictures make it feel more like a gallery or something. I do appreciate the minimalist details of the glazing as well as the actual vaults. But the overall project doesn't come together for me as a whole.

  • Andy

    I'm not sure the images really capture it in its best light, the fact they are all uninhabited only adds to the sense of emptiness. @nico completely agree, I think there are some great moments in the design, but it definitely has a gallery vibe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gunnara Gunnar Ágústsson

    What a terrible frame for a beautiful view

  • BELAL

    Where I suppose make love ????

    Outside in the park !!!!!!

    It just amazing but little privacy

  • hdxtst

    This place, functions better as an Art Gallery or an working place, rather than a house. I would gladly go on daily basis to work there with that wonderful natural landscape.
    theres indeed, no privacy at all. that open space screams out loud for a landscape-design.
    It's a little bit cold for living there for my taste & something that caught me is that there's no security neither, as we can look at the picture in which a person is touching the vaulted-roof.
    If you like to hear everything that's happening on the house, the acustics are wonderful too.

  • PBen

    That strange. First as I looked at it I thought, wow beautiful, these waves, this patio, layout, view… And I read the negative comments. And at a second look, yes. You are right. Perfect, but the soul is missing from this house.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000846182818 Zafar Dadayev

    Too cold exterior and interior

  • Erik

    Would be nice to see a house on DEZEEN where we actually can live in…
    Or is this Art?

  • antepostnow

    in the showroom state that we see this here and under the vast assumption that more than one person will inhabit this space, i would worry most about the acoustics of this EGOZONE – called and lived as such, i like it!

  • leandro llorente

    i hate to see another louis kahn, if he's alive he'd be furious

  • http://www.agi-architects.com daniel

    this is an instant classic!!

    so nice shapes

  • rock

    great spaces + simplicity in construction + plan.
    well done

  • lordrefaa

    you can't fully appreciate this house if you don't confront it to the traditional ajapanese architecture : the L-shaped layout, the raw materials, the extending roof, the sliding doors, a somewhat tokonoma-like closet. I would say this is a good exercice in reinterpreting the heritage