Japan’s ‘transparent house’ offers a truly bare living experience

[] Built by reputed Sou Fujimoto Architects, this see-through transparent house, is definitely one of the world’s most unusual, albeit slightly bizarre homes

‘Bare and bold’ is a term that comes to mind, when one looks at the magnificently shocking ‘transparent house’, in Japan. The ultimate glass house there ever could be, this dwelling takes quirky and unusual to a whole new dimension altogether.

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Located in Tokyo, Japan, this house is where you should consider spending a few days, if you truly have nothing to hide from the world. This see-through transparent house definitely makes it to any list of the world’s most unusual, albeit, slightly bizarre homes. It was built by none other than the reputed Sou Fujimoto Architects.

Transparent house, Japan: Key facts

  • The 914-sq ft house was inspired by the ancient predecessors of humans who mostly inhabited trees.
  • House NA, as it is known, offers ample daylight but without any privacy whatsoever.
  • There are hardly any walls within the interior of the house, with huge glass windows, as well.
  • Everything inside remains fully transparent and exposed, for those passing by and also the neighbours.
  • The vertical living space flaunts a sleek and aesthetically appealing design space with an adventurous chic vibe, overall.

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  • The design imitates a tree without copying the appearance of one completely.
  • The three-storeyed dwelling has multiple living space levels within the structure, which jut out almost like one were living on a tree branch.
  • The house in the tranquil Tokyo neighborhood has 21 individual floor plates. These are all nestled at diverse heights, satisfying the wishes of the clients to reside as nomads in their own dwellings.
  • The house has been labeled as ‘unity of separation and coherence’ and works as a single room or even a collection of multiple rooms through its clever and highly intriguing design template.

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House NA, Japan: Construction and philosophy

The Transparent House in Japan has individual floor plates, creating the right ambience for diverse activities. The house does provide space for privacy, should people choose to be left alone, while also accommodating a larger group of people by distributing them throughout the entire structure. According to Sou Fujimoto, the most fascinating part of any tree is that these places are not ‘hermetically isolated but remain connected to one another in its unique relativity’. Hence, ‘to hear one’s voice from across and above, hopping over to another branch, a discussion taking place across branches by members from separate branches are some of the moments of richness encountered through such spatially dense living’, states the architect.

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Sizes range between 21 and 81 sq ft for every floor plate, which is connected to others by several ladders and stairs. These include movable steps and shorter fixed steps, as well. Stratification of floor plates enables this dwelling to serve various functions, including creating scope for functional and innovative workspaces and providing multiple seating arrangements. The house has a thin steel frame in white and white-tinted birch flooring.

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Uniquely-positioned fenestration enhances ventilation while ensuring that this is the sole source of cooling and ventilation in the summer months. Nevertheless, a few floor plates have in-floor heating for comfortable and cosy winters. The plumbing equipment and HVAC equipment, along with lateral bracing and storage, remain located in the north-facing thick wall at the rear of the dwelling. Extra lateral bracing is ensured through the bookshelf (full height), along with concrete panels which are lightweight and fully integrated within the elevations on the sides. Curtains have also been installed, for enabling temporary partitions, which take care of separation and privacy-linked concerns.

While Sou Fujimoto admits that the white-steel frame based structure has no actual resemblance to any tree in reality, he, however, highlights that the ‘life lived and the moments experienced in this space, is a contemporary adaptation of the richness once experienced by the ancient predecessors from the time when they inhabited trees’. Such an existence spans architecture, city, body and furniture and is a balance between artificiality and nature.

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Where is the transparent house located in Japan?

The transparent house in Japan is located in a quiet neighborhood of Tokyo.

Who is the architect of the Transparent House, Japan?

Sou Fujimoto is the architect behind the transparent house in Japan.

How many floor plates does House NA have and what are its sizes?

The transparent house has 21 individual floor plates with sizes ranging from 21 to 81 sq ft.

How high is the Transparent House, Japan?

The transparent house in Japan is a three-storeyed structure.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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