The jenga House by Sou Fujimoto Architects

published in: Architecture By Costas Voyatzis, 31 August 2008

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The Next Generation House by Sou Fujimoto Architects looks  like a house built with Jenga blocks. The NGH is a small weekend house that overlooks the River Kuma in Kumakura, Japan. It's approximately a 13'x13'x13' cube, but  functional enough due to the ramshackle space that is formed by the cedar logs, creating spaces for seating, sleeping, eating, storage, etc.


Sou Fujimoto, Iwan Baan, sub-studio

  • friend
    sweetpaul | 2008-09-01 02:07:15

    What an amazing house, like poetry in the landscape. Love it!

  • friend
    john | 2008-09-01 14:45:08

    heheheheee.......ayta einai...! thelw kai egw...!

  • friend
    jonathan@dailydesignspot | 2008-09-08 04:27:45

    wow.. such interesting design and the landscape is so stunning

  • friend
    zuy | 2008-09-13 15:41:54

    amazing conceptual house but may be too much wood

  • friend
    Emily | 2008-09-26 07:09:27

    Wow. This house is far out. Amazing!

  • friend
    andrew | 2008-10-09 02:48:31

    wow that building in the background is awesome as well.. but yes, i'm really digging the simplicity of the "jenga block" design. very nice!

  • friend
    kyle | 2008-12-12 23:38:38

    Does it not rain? Are there no bugs/birds/beasts/burglars? Has anyone else wondered this? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills.

  • friend
    Kate | 2008-12-17 00:33:09

    kyle: It's covered in glass. Trust me, shit's fuckin' hardcore.

  • friend
    Kate | 2008-12-17 00:34:05

    kyle: It's covered in glass. Trust me, that shit's fuckin' hardcore.

  • friend
    dale kaup | 2008-12-27 06:14:57

    What a waste of wood.

  • friend
    dub | 2009-01-12 23:31:32

    Not a good house to get wasted in.

  • friend
    JohnW | 2009-01-13 05:58:50

    This house should receive an award. Most inefficient use of natural materials. Also, one would want to wear some sort of protective headgear when moving around inside to avoid getting blood all over the beautiful wood after jamming skull into the sharp corners of Jenga blocks.

  • friend
    aaaaa | 2009-01-13 12:01:39

    Yap...just a waste of wood.

  • friend
    anica | 2009-01-13 20:15:53

    Where's the kitchen?

  • friend
    alex | 2009-01-15 06:34:57

    Interesting concept for something like a sculpture but it seems totally impractical to call it a house. I think as a concept it's cool, but I definitely don't foresee myself moving into a block of wood any time soon.

  • friend
    Jack Runner | 2009-01-17 03:15:47

    A really great integration of nature and semi-modern housing. Good job.

  • friend
    Lisa | 2009-05-04 00:56:05

    What a unique house! It doesn't look super comfortable or functional but could be cool to hang out in for a bit. Thanks for posting this.

  • friend
    Mariano | 2009-07-02 22:16:31

    Que gran perdida de madera! Donde estan los Baρos?

  • friend
    stone rocker | 2009-08-15 02:10:52

    You gotta admit, I bet you wish you designed it. It's a winner in my book. Maybe they used pure recycled wood?

  • friend
    sebastian | 2010-12-04 00:20:11

    totally useless "house" with nothing but huge blocks of precious wood! please next time thing better before you contract something!!!! Relay dangerous "house". Design is not everything!!!!

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