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The Urban Nomads

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House NA, Japan: Sou Fujimoto Architects from Japan designed this home for a young couple who desired to live as nomads within their own home. And, the concept to dwell amongst the dense urbanity of small houses and structures was to associate with living within a tree.

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This space is a contemporary adaptation of the richness once experienced by our predecessors back when they inhabited trees.

The house as a large, single room proposes living quarters orchestrated by spatio-temporal relativity within itself, akin to a tree. The three storeys are subdivided into many staggered platforms and the floor plates are stratified, almost furniture-like, in scale, throughout the space. The steps between the plates can, at times, be used for seating and desks, at times as a device segmenting a territory, and at times each akin to leaves of foliage filtering light down into the space.

The spacious interior is comprised of 21 individual floor plates situated at various heights. The small rooms within each platform are connected by ladder stairs allowing free movement through the home.

Rectangular windows of varied proportions and sizes frame views of adjacent structures while the elimination of solid interior walls encourages unobstructed sight lines to higher and lower spaces. At night, curtains become temporary partitions for privacy and separation.

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