Tuesday, 16 September 2008

A+ FOR KIT OF PARTS PROJECT

...Haha...if this had been submitted for the Kit of Parts Project it would have got an A+ for concept, and A for appropriation. Wonderful stuff!
















ZOMG Jenga House!! The Next Generation House, by Sou Fujimoto Architects,
is a weekend house overlooking the River Kuma in Kumakura, Japan.
Approximately a 13'x13'x13' cube.

Heavy yet light Next Generation House is a small housing module for weekend use, located on the edge of a forest overlooking the River Kuma at Kumakura, opposite the temple of Shibatatehime. The client is a timber merchant. The small pavilion, a 4x4 m cube, is made by assembling solid Japanese cedar blocks kept in place by their own weight and connecting metal cables running through vertical drill holes. Some of the inside cubes are laid off-centre to create shelves, small living areas and even steps to move from one level to another. Offsets in the wall cubes also create windows with views of the surrounding countryside. The oblique glass windowpanes are held in place with plastic plugs. The mobile sheets are in transparent acrylic. Two roof skylights provide extra natural light – an architectural feature over which Fujimoto takes special care. At night, artificial light visible from the outside helps to dematerialise the cube by mixing the warm tones of wood with the amber glow of incandescent bulbs, emphasising the ways in which a structure made up of heavy wooden elements can seem so light and airy.
(received from BHYap with thanx.)

6 comments:

Khang Siang said...

ooooww fujimoto-sannn.....
i love him n hate him.....

ian ng said...

passion is good fuel in architectural production

Jon da Penang said...

oooo...wah, this brings me back to way before studio3 even studio2 back to studio1...lols...mine was called the m house, playing with a big slit and dual personalities of the client. miss v should know, she crit me for the finals...still remember the lessons i learn from that crit. frankly i thank my ability to remember some stuff sometimes, if not i would have to tape record the crit. but this ability only applies to some stuff. so ian dont use me as ur reminder ya...hahahaha...

ian ng said...

charm lor u...i will never forget ur winery and grandma's par course. In future when i teach i will often say, 'once i had this crazy student, he had a grandma who drank all kinds of fine wine and then ran the hepthatlon...and needless to say, she gave birth to unusual offsprings..'

as for the rest of u...i can remember every corner of every single building u tutored under me..so don't pray pray.

Jon da Penang said...

sob...me no crazy lar, just misunderstood...but u like wat u saw huh...*wink*..lol...and ya, no pray pray for me now, studio4 is crazy, may wanna have ur opinion too when i finished redrafting the design...ok? its a date then...lol..

ian ng said...

no problem. just post it and we'll all put our heads together for u.