The house for a young couple in Tokyo built like a stack of boxes on multiple levels. "In one way the house is like a single space, but each room is also a tiny space of its own. The clients said they wanted to live like nomads within the house - they didn't have specific plans for each room. The house looks radical but for the clients it seemed quite natural." with these words Sou Fujimoto expressed in a recent interview with FW Monocle. More at Japan Architect.
Is ecology an issue in house design ? I’m very interested in this subject but it’s about something more fundamental than using solar panels and recyclable materials. I like to try to build in a way that is sensitive to the environment – using the flow of air and the positioning of trees, for example. But all my houses are air-conditioned. The Japonese summer is very hot. With House N, the outer shell cuts 70 per cent of the direct sunlight so that has an effect. Ideally, you want to combine practical ecology with an interesting architectural experience. Interview with FW Monocle