House of Slope by FujiwaraMuro Architects


House of Slope by Fujiwarramuro Architects

A sloping corridor coils around the inside of a house in Osaka to connect three staggered storeys.

House of Slope by Fujiwarramuro Architects

The house was designed by Japanese studio FujiwaraMuro Architects and is located in a dense urban area.

House of Slope by Fujiwarramuro Architects

Timber columns and criss-crossing metal braces support both the stepped and sloped floors.

House of Slope by Fujiwarramuro Architects

The 25 metre-long ramp leads past clusters of rooms for each family member to a rooftop balcony with a skylight.

House of Slope by Fujiwarramuro Architects

Another Japanese house previously featured on Dezeen is surrounded by staircases and slides, rather than ramps - see the story here and see all our stories about houses in Japan here.

House of Slope by Fujiwarramuro Architects

Photography is by Toshiyuki Yano.

House of Slope by Fujiwarramuro Architects

Here are some more details from the architects:

House of Slope

This residential project is built on a flag-shaped site in Osaka surrounded by densely packed buildings.

House of Slope by Fujiwarramuro Architects

Even when faced with these challenging site conditions, we felt that it would be possible to come up with an interesting design solution based on a structure that appears to “float” in a large, open space.

House of Slope by Fujiwarramuro Architects

By ensuring a continuous sense of spatial circulation through the flag-shaped portion of the site, the inhabitants of the house are able to “drift” through their favorite spaces like goldfish in a bowl.

House of Slope by Fujiwarramuro Architects

The sloping structure that extends from the first floor through the second and up until the roof – covering a length of some 25 meters over approximately one-and-a-half revolutions – allows the family members to distribute themselves across its entire length, each occupying a different section of the building.

House of Slope by Fujiwarramuro Architects

Several beams offer structural support for the wooden slope and spiral-shaped floors of the building, creating a residential space made up of ambiguously demarcated domains that are staggered apart yet also integrated with each other, thereby achieving a sense of breadth and openness.

House of Slope by Fujiwarramuro Architects

Location: Sakai, Osaka, Japan
Principle use: single family house
Site area: 103.91 m2
Building area: 52.17 m2
Total floor area: 107.49 m2

House of Slope by Fujiwarramuro Architects

Project architect: Shintaro Fujiwara, Yoshio Muro
Project team: fujiwaramuro Architects
Structure: Timber
Photographer: Toshiyuki Yano

  • Daddy

    Let's hope the people who'll live there don't have any small kids.

  • Beej

    I seriously believe that the Japanese are advancing the field of architecture much more than anywhere else. In the United States, an architect will design you a nice new four bedroom five bath colonial style house. In Japan, the architect will design you a new method of living to go along with your new house.

  • iliketoJUMPthere

    Kids? No, it's a practice ground for Parkour.

  • pnd

    Simple. Beautiful. But with so much space taken up by Circulation, there appears to little left to actual Live in the Space.

  • angel_denny

    hmmm, something is not there!, what's that?
    Its funitures. If the funitures charging the space, the simple beautiful space is going away. It s like the works of Ando's concrets structures, Ando's building is so simple and …, but someone wanna live there, the beautiful space is go away!

  • Domilly

    while the Japanese may be 'inventing a new way' of using a house *, are they actually making houses that you would want to live in?

  • edward

    Have to admire the workmanship, but the design is second year architectural project

  • cloudss

    Why it is that the space looks devoid of any possibility to occupy it, claim it or experience it? We have seen many similar examples that undoubtebly look good, yet somehow distant and hard to relate to. No people, no furniture, architect's dream? Hope not.

  • engagement with the wall/boundary is seriously compromised by the constantly sloped floor. at the same time it created two distinct zones in the house; circulation/living, to the detriment of both. on the bright side, the circulation doubles as the most amazing hot wheels racetrack ever.

  • e1o27

    i initially thought too much circulation as well, but now i'm not so sure. there's real variation and character to the spaces, and i bet it'd be clear which space would be best for living / sleeping etc. The circulation could create quite an appealing mute space around the occupiable spaces. need to see some plans and sections though! i think furniture would really make this place come to life, not weaken it!

  • nonsens

    come on people.

    Anybody here with common sense?

    What is this? Big kitchen exhaust unit with dangerous niches for observing cooking process.

    House for depressive, suicidal man? A lot of possibilities to jump, even unintentionally?


  • Scaffold

    It should be called House of Scaffolding.

  • does anyone know name of the carpet?