House in Sayo by FujiwaraMuro Architects

Boxy wooden rooms branch out from a crooked blue spine at this family house in Sayo, Japan, in our second story this week about the work of FujiwaraMuro Architects.

House in Sayo by FujiwaraMuro Architects

Simply titled House in Sayo, the single-storey residence is located beside a car park in a sparsely populated residential district.

House in Sayo by FujiwaraMuro Architects

FujiwaraMuro Architects planned the house around a meandering corridor, contained with the deep blue volume, and it swells in two places to accommodate a living room in the middle and a dining room at the end.

House in Sayo by FujiwaraMuro Architects

"A narrow space threads through the center of this house, expanding and shrinking, curving and meandering," explain architects Shintaro Fujiwara and Yoshio Muro. "This part of the house morphs and transforms to become a space for relaxation, study, reading or tea time."

House in Sayo by FujiwaraMuro Architects

Timber-clad rooms protrude outwards along the sides. One functions as the entrance, while the others contain bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen and a traditional Japanese room.

House in Sayo by FujiwaraMuro Architects

A seating area is located within the recess cerated by one of the boxes and a small terrace is slotted between two boxes on the south side of the building.

House in Sayo by FujiwaraMuro Architects

Shintaro Fujiwara and Yoshio Muro founded FujiwaraMuro Architects in 2002. Past projects include a house with a corridor coiling around its floors and the recently completed House in Muko, which features a facade of huge vertical louvres.

House in Sayo by FujiwaraMuro Architects

See more Japanese houses on Dezeen, including a converted warehouse with rooms contained inside a white box.

House in Sayo by FujiwaraMuro Architects

Photography is by Toshiyuki Yano.

House in Sayo by FujiwaraMuro Architects

Here is a few words from FujiwaraMuro Architects:


House in Sayo

A narrow space threads through the center of this house, expanding and shrinking, curving and meandering. This part of the house morphs and transforms to become a space for relaxation, study, reading, or teatime.

House in Sayo by FujiwaraMuro Architects

We built a small room in the middle of this space. As the width of these branches changes, the purpose of this room, along with its relationship with the surrounding space, transforms along with it.

House in Sayo by FujiwaraMuro Architects

Location: Sayo, Hyogo, Japan
Principle use: single family house
Site area: 262.53 sqm
Building area: 82.78 sqm
Total floor area: 81.26 sam
Project architect: Shintaro Fujiwara, Yoshio Muro
Project team: fujiwarramuro architects
Structure: timber

House in Sayo by FujiwaraMuro Architects

Above: floor plan - click for larger image

House in Sayo by FujiwaraMuro Architects

Above: cross section