Tokyo’s Modern Transparent House

Transparent House in Tokyo by Sou Fujimoto Architects

One of these houses is not like the others. This house in Tokyo by Sou Fujimoto Architects, known as House NA, stands out with its modern and transparent style. The building is unlike its neighboring houses in its appearance and structure. The interior of the residence has hardly any walls. The house boasts large glass windows for plenty of daylight, but the downside seems to be a lack of privacy. Just about everything indoors is exposed to neighbors and passersby.

On the bright side, there are plenty of positive features in this vertical living space to focus on, including its sleek, contemporary aesthetic with adventurous appeal. The design appears to mimic a tree without outright copying its appearance. There's also something about it that has the architectural feel of a bunk bed. I'm guessing it's all the climbing without actually entering a new room. The three-story edifice features various levels of living space within the segmented structure that's great to just hang out on, as if you were perched atop a tree branch. House NA is the modern interpretation of an adult treehouse for permanent residence.

Sou Fujimoto Architects has designed a home like no other on this block in Tokyo.

Transparent House in Tokyo by Sou Fujimoto Architects

The house boasts large glass windows for plenty of daylight.

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It's also designed with plenty of staircases to climb up and down, feeling almost like a modern treehouse for adults.

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h/t: [ArchDaily]

All images by Iwan Baan. My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Sou Fujimoto Architects. 

This article has been edited and updated.

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Pinar

Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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