The Hiroshima-based award-winning practice Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates has recently completed this minimalist three-storey family house located in the Rapponmatsu area of the Japanese city of Fukuoka. Striking in its austere simplicity, the L-shaped form of the building has been determined by the long-and-narrow, rectangular shape of the site.
Developed in its entirety in concrete, the stark, hermetic façade of the house encompasses a contrastingly light and airy interior which boasts two bedrooms, an all-white bathroom, an open-plan kitchen and living area and two small courtyards.
From the architects:
‘This house is located in the city area near by the center of Fukuoka city. The shape of the site is long and narrow, 6m x 18m. We designed this house not to make the shade on the north house next door, as a result, the house with three floors shaped like ”L”. In contrast to closed outside like a silent sculptural volume, the interior is designed well-lighted and well-opened.’
‘At the ground floor level, we can look whole the long distance of the site through from entrance court to bedroom.
The each room is filled with light and breeze from the two courts.
The storage and bathroom are placed in the second floor, and another bedroom is in the third floor. At third floor level, keeping a distance from the road, we can get wide range of view, from near the garden tree in the next door, to the faraway mountains.’