Located in the suburbs of Hiroshima, House in Fukawa is a grown up version of a “treehouse” designed by  for a young family of four. The house occupies a small block and managing to squeeze in three bedroom boxes which cascade and suspend from the central “tree trunk” – a central staircase. The boxes are clad in plywood and their unusual placement carves the space in unusual configurations, creating a series of spaces in between used for eating, reading, relaxing and living. It is almost impossible to judge the scale of this house, to separate the bridges from rooms, indoor from outdoor space…


“In architecture we tend to measure everything using a certain scale. People experience a space to be much bigger if they cannot figure out the exact size of it. Within the limits of the plots I tried to grasp a sense of infinity. Similar to the lack of scale in the sky or the sea, residents in this house cannot sense the scale or distance between each other.” , SDO.


No doubt a huge amount of creative and clever thinking has gone into the design of this house. The end result is intelligent and interesting, almost poetic, and there is so much about it that I truly love. Having said that, I have mixed feelings about whether or not I would enjoy living here. Perhaps I am “too conservative” for my own good and prefer my residential spaces more clearly defined. If this was a public building, or a hospitality venue, then perhaps I would feel entirely differently about it. What do you think?

[Via . Photos by Toshiyuki Yano.]

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Dana Tomić Hughes
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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

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    This is A M A Z I N G. Love the contradiction between the simplicity of the interiors and the ingenuity of the design. I want a space in my house that goes up infinitely! I wonder if the bedrooms were photographed, you would get more of a sense of the residential space that it is intended to be. I’d love to experience this house from the inside. Love the concrete bathroom. (followed the link to Suppose Design Office). To me, this is a house that needs to be experienced. Love their work, and Dana, you have such great taste! Love that you appreciate and share great work even when you have your own reservations.


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