Jenga House

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Many houses use wood, but not like this "Jenga House." Award-winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto uses large cedar blocks to create an unusual yet functional home overlooking the River Kuma in Kumakura village, Japan.

In traditional architecture, Fujimoto told ArchDaily, lumber is very versatile - it is used as columns, beams, walls, floorings, and so on. So why not design a house using the simple building unit of 35 cm (about 13-3/4") wide cedar blocks - with all the functionalities built in?

Designed in 2005 and built in 2008, Fujimoto's Final Wooden House is constructed in a very small space, just 15.1 m2 (162 square feet). And it looks like it's a giant Jenga blocks: the large beams seem to protrude haphazardly here and there, but there's actually logic to the madness.

"There are no separation of floor, wall, and ceiling here. A place that one thought was a floor becomes a chair, a ceiling, a wall from various positions. The floor levels are relative and spatially is perceived differently according to one's position. Here, people are distributed three-dimensionally in the space. This is a place like an amorphous landscape with a new experience of various senses of distances," Fujimoto added.

Spaces between the blocks in the wall become windows enclosed in glass, and spaces on the ceiling becomes skylights.

The interior of the Jenga House: The exterior of the Jenga House:

Photo: Iwan Baan - via ArchDaily


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