It’s not often that you get to enter a private house in a foreign country without personal contacts. Most of the time I will have a list of buildings I would want to visit and then embark on the most enjoyable mission of finding them. I usually take a few snaps while on site but this is almost always just from the outside, even with public buildings many times photography is not allowed (exception – Shibaura House, awesome public space/studio). So when I visited NA House and was able to actually go inside and meet the owner (!) and a staff from Sou Fujimoto, this encounter has got to be one of the highlights of my whole trip. Special thanks to students and teachers from Singapore Polytechnic who were kind enough to let me join them on their exclusive tour of the house, I think the pictures speak for themselves so enjoy!
The project has been photographed and published widely, I have also posted about it before here. You can find quite a lot of information about it online including Fujimoto’s concept of conceiving the house like a tree. I think the most interesting piece of information I learnt that day after talking to a staff member from Fujimoto was how there is no modular or calculated method in the platforms. Many iterations of models were made until Fujimoto felt the proportions were ‘just right’ and then the final design was set. It took about 3 years to design.
The other interesting fact is the naming of Fujimoto’s houses, where he names the houses according to the owner. Therefore NA House is named after the owner, Namba-san. She is lovely and generous as you can imagine, opening her house to strangers and answering any questions we may have. Thank you for the inspiration!